Bamana Kore mask (Three quarters view)

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Item : Bamana Kore mask, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 13 Kbytes)

This very old mask was used by the kore secret society within the framework of initiation rites, and at the time of the agricultural ceremonies. The shape of the face is oblong, and this mask has been clearly carved in a Bamana style.

This kore mask is rare from a stylistic and iconographic point of view : the row of horns, with a human figure sculpted in the middle (probably faro, goddess of water), is quite common on n'tomo masks (another well-known Bamana association). Nevertheless, it probably represents a hyena, totemic animal of the kore secret society.

Probably middle of the 19th century.

Object #2518

Origin :

Mali (Ouelessebougou area)

Type :

Masks and headdresses

Ethnic group :

Bamana (Bambara)

Material :

Fine aged patinated wood

Size :

H = 26.7 inches

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