Bamana Kore mask (Three quarters view)

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Item : Bamana Kore mask, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 18 Kbytes)

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.

Object #4325

Origin :

Mali (Kolondieba area, Bougouni)

Type :

Masks and headdresses

Ethnic group :

Bamana (Bambara)

Material :

Wood with beautiful deep brown aged patina, native repairs

Size :

H = 17.7 inches

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