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Masque facial Markha, Warka (N° 17351)

According to S. Diakonoff, this African mask with pompom buckles would be used in the association of the N'tomo, which includes uncircumcised youth. It is often topped with horns symbolizing the degree of the nature of knowledge. The forehead is extended in height of a crested hairstyle flanked by tiered side mats. A nose with a straight edge dominates a narrow mouth with open lips. Brass sheets engraved and hammered in the repulsed, characteristic of the marka sculptures, cover part of the mask. Oxidized and speckled patina.
br-The Marka, Maraka en Bamana, or Warka , are Muslim city dwellers of Soninke origin, based in southern Niger. 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 , which are not related to an ethnic group and are free to establish themselves wherever they wish. Their sculptures have great similarities.  

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Originrécolté in-situ 2002
EthnyMarkha
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, metal, coton
Height43
Width23
Weight1.55 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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