Tribal art > African mask > Masque Bamana
The wearing of this spectacular mask, on which references to Bambara mythology materialize, must have required an athletic condition. Zoomorphic motifs can be read above and low relief, in particular, in addition to the koré-related hyena, the crocodile, an animal associated with the Komo initiation society, which is supposed to protect against witchcraft and evil spirits. Linked to the god Faro named the " water master", like the lizard, the animal also appears frequently on carved locks and embodies fertility. Human figures, on the other hand, recall the primordial geminiity, but also mythical ancestors or heroes.
Natural patina, matte, desication cracks, erosions.
Mr. Brunel, a chemist by training, travelled throughout Africa: Zaire, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Guinea,... ...