The mother and child are seated in positions of honor, wearing and holding tokens of their physical and supernatural powers . Sculptures depicting a seated female figure clasping an infant to her torso are called Gwandusu. Banana's notions of ideal beauty and character are evoked in this figure of a mother and child.
Culture and Traditions
Bamana is a member of the Mande culture, a large and powerful group of people in western Africa. Kaarta and Segou are Bamana city-states, which were established in the 17th century and continued to have political influence throughout the western Sudan states into the 19th century.
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Prairie View A&M University, "BAMANA Culture Of Arts in Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Senegal - (Seated Maternity Figure)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 48.