Mali wood & brass mask

$245.00

Africa art one of a kind Mali Wood & Brass Mask
YC0003-A
Africa art one of a kind Mali Wood & Brass Mask
Africa art one of a kind Mali Wood & Brass Mask
Africa art one of a kind Mali Wood & Brass Mask
Africa art one of a kind Mali Wood & Brass Mask
YC0003-A
Africa art one of a kind Mali Wood & Brass Mask
Africa art one of a kind Mali Wood & Brass Mask
Africa art one of a kind Mali Wood & Brass Mask

Mali wood & brass mask

$245.00

Mali wood & brass mask

Size:

450mm High X 210mm Wide X 100mm Deep

Weight

1.1Kg

Detail: Mali Wood carved and brass plated mask

Mali Masks:

Mali wood & brass mask. There are three major and one minor type of Bambara mask. The first type, used by the N’tomo society, has a typical comb-like structure above the face, is worn during dances and may be covered with cowrie shells. The second type of mask, associated with the Komo society, has a spherical head with two antelope horns on the top and an enlarged, flattened mouth. They are used during dances, but some have a thick encrusted patina acquired during other ceremonies in which libations are poured over them.

The third type has connections with the Nama society and is carved in the form of an articulated bird’s head, while the fourth, minor type, represents a stylized animal head and is used by the Kore society. Other Bambara masks are known to exist, but unlike those described above, they cannot be linked to specific societies or ceremonies. Bambara carvers have established a reputation for the zoomorphic headdresses worn by Tji-Wara society members]. Although they are all different, they all display a highly abstract body, often incorporating a zig-zag motif, which represents the sun’s course from east to west, and a head with two large horns. Bambara members of the Tji-Wara society wear the headdress while dancing in their fields at sowing time, hoping to increase the crop yield.

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Mali wood & brass mask

Detail: Mali Wood carved and brass plated mask

Mali Masks:

Mali wood & brass mask. There are three major and one minor type of Bambara mask. The first type, used by the N’tomo society, has a typical comb-like structure above the face, is worn during dances and may be covered with cowrie shells. The second type of mask, associated with the Komo society, has a spherical head with two antelope horns on the top and an enlarged, flattened mouth. They are used during dances, but some have a thick encrusted patina acquired during other ceremonies in which libations are poured over them.

The third type has connections with the Nama society and is carved in the form of an articulated bird’s head, while the fourth, minor type, represents a stylized animal head and is used by the Kore society. Other Bambara masks are known to exist, but unlike those described above, they cannot be linked to specific societies or ceremonies. Bambara carvers have established a reputation for the zoomorphic headdresses worn by Tji-Wara society members]. Although they are all different, they all display a highly abstract body, often incorporating a zig-zag motif, which represents the sun’s course from east to west, and a head with two large horns. Bambara members of the Tji-Wara society wear the headdress while dancing in their fields at sowing time, hoping to increase the crop yield.

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Additional Information

Weight 1.1 kg
Dimensions 100 x 210 x 450 mm

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