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.
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