Bamana N'Golo mask (Three quarters view)
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Item : Bamana N'Golo mask, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 16 Kbytes)


This anthropo-zoomorphic mask was used during initiatory rites of the kore secret society (the ceremony is called n'golo). This mask served as an intermediary between the ancestors, the world of the dead ones, and the world of the living ones.

Half human and half antelope, with « combed » surface engraved into the wood in order to attract « vibrations » from the audience and to give power to the performer (see attached video). At the time of these ceremonies, the mask, then inert and secular, became the attribute of a dressed up dancer which gave it life and word. Because this is only through the movement, and through the dancer more particularly, that the mask finds its effectiveness.
19th century.

Object #5133

Origin :

Mali

Type :

Masks and headdresses

Ethnic group :

Bamana (Bambara)

Material :

Wood, age-old use patina

Size :

H = 19.9 inches

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