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Markha Ntomo mask (N° 20842)
A face with lowered eyelids, a long straight nose overhanging prominent lips, and a crest-like hairstyle framed by side braids. These features, highlighted with embossed brass leaves, form the specificity of the marka sculptures. Speckled matte patina.
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In African art, the Marka, Maraka in Bamana, Warka, 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 much of the Bambara traditions, such as the Ntomo and Koré, initiation societies that used masks in their ceremonies .
Bambara and Marka African art sculptors are part of the Numuw, who are not bound to any ethnicity and are free to settle wherever they wish.
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