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In African art, the Marka, Maraka in Bamana, Warka b> , or Sarakolé, are Muslim city dwellers of Soninke origin, established in southern Niger, scattered since the end of the Ghana Empire in Mali, Mauritania and Senegal .
They now speak Bamana and have adopted many of the Bambara traditions, such as the Ntomo and the Koré, initiation societies that used masks during their ceremonies.
The Bambara and Marka African art sculptors are part of the Numuw, who are not tied to an ethnic group and are free to settle wherever they wish.
Two faces joined by their headdress form a helmet mask in the shape of an arc. The straight nose surmounts a narrow mouth inscribed in a pointed chin. At the ears are attached loops and braided ribbons. Metal plates incised with decorative motifs, specific to marka sculptures, adorn the faces.
Velvety matte patina. Oxidized metal..
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|Material(s)||wood, textile, metal, perles|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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