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Masque facial Markha (N° 18321)
A narrow face where the nasal ridge overcomes a thin protruding mouth, a pointed jaw, this sculpture marked with brass leaves is a specificity of the sculptures marka. Slightly speckled matte patina.
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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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|Material(s)||wood, metal, coton|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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