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Bamana Buffalo Mask (N° 18196)

This large animal mask, not subject to initiation rites, offers a nice balance of volumes. It is in the Bougoumi region that villagers gather each year to celebrate the end of the dry season, through masked dances and abundant consumption of beer and palm wine. This mask is the first to come on stage before other zoomorphic masks. Old patina, smooth and locally abraded. Indigenous restorations using metal sheets. Slight impacts.
Total top on a pedestal: 85 cm.
in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara, Bamana (c) or unbelievers, as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also herders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. The groups of craftsmen bambara nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of the sculpture of ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and soothsayer is also assigned to them. Their powers are passed on to their wives, who alone have the right to produce pottery. Six male associations, the Dyow, using Bambara masks, structure the Bambara community: young people first enter the society of circumcision n'tomo , then comes that of komo, nama, kono, koré and finally the agrarian society Tyi Wara  

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OriginEx. collection Mercier
EthnyBamana
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height64
Width39
Weight2.54 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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