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Bamana masker (N° 21783)

Equipped with a spherical front, this African mask Bambara extends with a toothed bifid beak. The eyes, framed by pastilles representing ears, are carved in bas-relief while a human nose, straight, stands out. Linear, parallel patterns are characteristic of the Bambara. Matte patina, desiccation cracks and erosions.

Height on plinth: 77 cm.
We find the Bambara , Bamana , in central and southern Mali. This name means "unbeliever" and was given to them by Muslims. They belong to the great Mande group, like the Soninke and the Malinke. Animists, they also believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala, who has 266 sacred attributes.
His existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, master of the Word, who gave all the qualities to men and who makes the fruits of the earth grow.
It is during the initiation ceremonies of young boys relating to the society of Ntomo , n'domo , and shared with their neighbors Malinke (including the Marka sub-group made up of Fulani and Moors living north of the Bamanas), that the Bambara make these masks dance. The young people then joined the Komo association, the most regarded of them, which governed community life.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm57
Width22 cm
Weight2.56 Kg
Socle includedYes

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