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Markha Mask (N° 23545)

The Markha are organized into structured and hierarchical mask societies like those found in many other ethnic groups. They have an initiatory language, a means of communication in the hands of initiates. The Markha, also called Warka, live in the north of Bambara territory and have therefore been influenced by them, particularly in the design of their masks. Like the Bambara and the Bozo, they have the particularity of adorning their statuary with brass plates incised with motifs. Their puppets are also renowned. Besides the points of similarity between Markha and Bambara art, they also have institutions in common.
The dome-helmet is surmounted by a long emaciated brass-plated face whose ringed neck originates in the posterior part. Bringing together animal details, a horn embellished with decorative metal motifs and zoomorphic ears adorned with loops (some missing), and human, this mask is reminiscent of the Ci Wara crests.
Matte and velvety patina. Minimal chips.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyMarkha
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, metal, perles et cauris
Height cm75
Width21 cm
Weight3.15 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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