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Masque facial Markha (N° 17333)

Wearing a diamond of bent horns, this warrior mask is plated with large sheets of copper hammered and engraved with push, specific to the marka sculptures, which gives it an inflexible appearance. Strips frame the face, and one runs from the forehead to the tip of the nose. Brass plates hammered and engraved with push, specific to the marka sculptures, give an inflexible appearance to this warrior mask. These masks were used in the association of the N'tomo grouping uncircumcised youth, the frequent presence of horns symbolizing the degree of the nature of knowledge according to Serge Diakonoff.
Hightop on a base: 52 cm.
Marka, Maraka in 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 similaritiesThis These masks were used in the association of the N'tomo bringing together uncircumcised youth, the frequent presence of horns symbolizing the degree of the nature of knowledge according to Serge Diakonoff.  

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Origincollection privée française G.
EthnyMarkha
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, metal
Height39
Depth12
Width14
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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