This very old Bamana mask (called kore suruku or nama
koroni koun) depicts a hyena's head. This mask represents one of
the totemic animals of the kore secret association (the sixth
secret society of the Bamana). The hyena was admired for its strength
and its craftiness. This mask was used during funerals and agrarian
initiation rites, to seek the help of the protective spirits.
19th century or earlier.
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