MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Standing Female Figure
Object Name:
Figure, Standing, Female
Other Name:
Figure, Standing, Hermaphrodite
Place of Origin:
Bamana (Bambara), Mali, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 29"
W = 13"
D = 13"

Bacquart, P. 65
Dyonyeni: "Pretty little one". A name often given to first born daughters.
Dyo society or Kwore society.
Female or hermaphrodite figure.
Geometric features: Large conical breasts, 40 — 85 cm.

"Blacksmith members of the Dyo Society used them during dances, to celebrate the end of their initiation ceremonies."
Standing female figure with large round head, pointed D—shaped ears, deepset eyebrows and eyes. Wedge—shaped nose, slit mouth, flat cheeks, cylindrical neck. Boneless bent arms, carved close to body, round protruding breasts, large buttocks, slightly bent legs with large flat feet attached to circular base. Dark brown patina over entire surface.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Patina
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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