African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Bamana mask
French African tribal art collection.
African animal mask, associated with the secrets of the bush, with high straight ears. Dark grainy patina. Cracks and erosions.
Height on base: 56 cm.
Established in central and southern Mali, in a savannah zone, the Bambara, "Bamana" or "unbelievers", as the Muslims have called them, belong to the large Mande group, along with the Soninke and the Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also breeders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali.
Groups of Bambara artisans nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of sculpting ritual objects, endowed with nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and diviner is also attributed to them
Six male associations, the Dyow , using ...