This is a very good example of JONYELINI or NYELINI.
Jonyelini or Nyelini depending on the phonetic transcription of the country of the anthropologist or expert who reports it, is the female figure representing the Jo society, an initiation society of Bamana women. Young women will take figures like this one from village to village indicating that they are no longer children but mature women, ready and available for marriage.
This is carried out in a cycle of seven years of initiation. The sculptures taken by the young women serve as paradigms of beauty and well-being which reflect the physical attributes of an ideal beauty that the Jonyeleni reflects to others. This idealization of beauty is reflected on the healing and body marks, as well as its stylish hairstyle and the jewellery and clothing tied to the figure to enhance its appeal. This well carved figure also characterizes the essence of femininity and the social cohesion resulting from the order and structure of the society of Jo women. The figure of Jonyeleni represents the aesthetic ideal of the youthful beauty allied to the characterization of an ideal society of order and structure.
- Indigenous object name
- JONYELINI o NYELINI
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Metal, Plant fibre, Wood
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 43×1×1 cm