About this artwork
The name boli refers to a type of Bamana power object, such as the one shown here that resembles a bush cow or hippopotamus. Each example typically consists of a wooden core wrapped in layers of cotton cloth that are then covered with sacrificial materials including animal blood, plant extracts, and dirt. A boli is commissioned and cared for by a power association like Kono or Komo in order to harness spiritual energy for protective or therapeutic purposes.
- Zoomorphic Figure (Boli)
- Mali (Object made in)
- Wood, cloth, mud, and sacrificial material
- H. 43.8 cm (17 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold X. Weinstein