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Bambara mask of Kono (N° 18318)

Supporting the teaching of the kono, this clean mask of the Bamana, Bambara, extends from two parallel planks constituting the jaw or trunk of an elephant. It also has two high tapered ears, one of which is damaged. Crusty skate craquelé />Etablis in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara , Bamana (c) or unbelievers, as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. The groups of craftsmen bambara nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of the sculpture of ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and soothsayer is also assigned to them. Their powers are passed on to their wives, who alone have the right to produce pottery. Six male associations, the Dyow, using Bambara masks, structure the Bambara community: young people first enter the society of circumcision n'tomo , then comes that of the komo, the nama, the kono , the koré and finally the agrarian society Tyi Wara  

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Originex-collection française
Weight2.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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