"Dipo Girl / Initiation"

Diogenis Papadopoulos

Diogenis Papadopoulos

Ink Pen on Card

38.1cm x 25.4cm

2006

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A teen girl dresses in beaded necklace and waistbands, shyly baring her budding breast as she await the beginning of an initiation ceremony. This is a West African puberty rite in Kroboland in Eastern Ghana, when young maidens undergo several training to be better women (wifes) , learning how to cook, how to talk etc and reveal their breasts as a sign that they are ready for marriage and can nurse their children. Dipo is a Ghanaian traditional festival celebrated by the people of Odumase in the Eastern region of Ghana. The festival is celebrated in the month of April every year. The festival is used to usher into puberty, girls who are virgins and it signifies that a lady, who partakes in it, is of age to be married. This work is made with mathematical symbols, equations, lines etc •Condition – New •Year – 2006 •Signed – Front & back •Certificate of authenticity – Yes

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