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Markha janiform hem mask (N° 14693)
In African art, the Marka, Maraka en Bamana, Warka, or Sarakolé, are Muslim city dwellers of Soninke origin, established in southern Niger, scattered since the end of Ghana's 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. Sculptors of African art Bambara and Marka are part of the Numuw , who are not linked to an ethnic group and are free to settle wherethey wish.
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Two faces assembled by a summit ridge form a heavy hem mask. The straight nose rises above the small, prominent mouth in a pointed chin. To rectangular ears are attached loops. Incised metal strips of parallel lines and punctuated with dotted lines, the specificity of sculptures marka, embrace the shapes of faces. Multicolored cotton yarn and beaded pompoms also adorn the crest.
Patine speckled and matte, velvety. Oxidized metal.
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