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Masque Markha, Warka (N° 18478)
For example, coll. tribal art belge.br> This anthropo-zoomorphic mask with a narrow jaw has a rectangular nose surmounting protruding lips. A crenellating crest caps the face. Metal veneers usually adorn these masks, in this case parallel incisions adorn the surface.
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Grainy brown inpatine on a light abraded wood, desication cracks. Height on a base: 77 cm.
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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