Bamana mask (Front view)
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Item : Bamana mask, Picture : Front view (approx. 16 Kbytes)


This very beautiful mask depicts a buffalo. The monumental treatment of the horns, as well as the harmonious geometric style of the ears on the basis of the muffle, give to this object a quite perfect symmetry. The kore secret society used this mask in the event of bad harvest or during dryness periods. The geometric treatment of this mask, extrapolating the forms to perfection, is a means of sublimating the concept of the animal representation.

Because of its great antiquity, its rarity and its style, this mask is certainly one of the most remarkable sculptures of the Bamana artistic expression.
18th / 19th century.

Object #2084

Origin :

Mali (Bougouni area)

Type :

Masks and headdresses

Ethnic group :

Bamana (Bambara)

Material :

Wood, thick aged and sacrificial patina

Size :

W = 16.5 inches; H = 31.8 inches

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