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Masque facial Markha
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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 ...


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Puppet bust Markha Bambara Mani
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Tribal art > Puppets > Markha Puppet

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" Mani " is a diminutive meaning " small person " that describes african human-faced puppets used by Bambara and Markha during educational shows. Featuring an elegant emaciated face framed by growths and a crest depicting the braided hairstyle, this sculpture of a female bust offers a curved chest, marked with traditonal incisions, and punctuated by brass inlays. Perfect condition. Greyed brown patina.
High on a base: 63 cm.
In the religious system of Markha society, do is the most invoked and its most elaborate cult. The Markha are organized into structured and hierarchical mask societies as is found in many other ethnic groups. They have an initiation language, a means of communication in the hands of insiders. The Markha, also known as Warka , inhabit the northern ...

Markha Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Markha Mask

Ex-French African art collection.

This mask with a characteristic, very elongated look has a beautiful bluish patina. On the forehead and the central part of the face are chiseled geometric shapes. From the top stands out a bird's head, probably a calao, with a red beak joining the mask. A small mouth covered with a red patina is projected from the bottom of the face.
The contour of the mask has a rope connected to the perforations present in the wood.

The Markha are organized into societies of structured masks and hierarchical as found in many other ethnic groups. They have an initiation language, a means of communication in the hands of the initiates. The Markha, also known as Warka, live in the north of the Bambara territory and have, therefore, been ...


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