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Markha mask of Ntomo (N° 18598)
This mask with a slender jaw has a rectangular nasal ridge surmounting a narrow prominent mouth. Specificity of the sculptures marka, metal in the form of sheets highlighting the volumes of the face, is embellished with parallel strokes and punctuated with dotted lines. Speckled and matte patina, velvety. Slightly oxidized metal.
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br>In African art, the Marka , Maraka en Bamana, Warka, or Sarakolé, are Muslim city dwellers of Soninke origin, settled in southern Niger, scattered since the end of the Ghana Empire in Mali, Mauritania and Senegal. They now speak bamana and have adopted much of the Bambara traditions, such as Ntomo and Koré , initiation societies that used masks during their ceremonies. The sculptors of African art Bambara and Marka are part of the Numuw , who are not related to an ethnic group and are free to establish themselves wherever they want.
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|Material(s)||wood, metal, coton|
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