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Bamana Antelope Mask Kono Mali African Art 24 Inch

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Title Bamana Antelope Mask Kono Mali African Art 24 Inch
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Mali
People Bamana
Materials wood
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 24 inches L. x 8.5 inches W.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair shallow cracks, scrapes, scratches, and dents in places

Additional Information:

A Bamana Animal mask surmounted with  two long curved horns. The elongated face has a long nose, pierced eyes and  open jaws. the mask is civered with a black dark patina. This mask belongs to the  Kono association.

The artistic diversity of the Bamana is without doubt one of the most astounding, and confounding, of all West African groups. It is interesting that perhaps their closest rivals in complexity are their neighbors to the north and east, the Dogon, with whom they share certain stylistic similarities. Complex religious, funerary, initiation, and agricultural rites have resulted in an enormous pantheon of ritual objects. When collectors think of Bamana, the image of a "chi wara" often leaps to mind. These stunning, zoomorphic headdresses, danced during the planting of crops, employ the carved head and horns of antelopes, as well as zig-zag, open-work designs, reportedly representing the path of the sun. A basketry, cap-like structure is attached to the bottom so that it can be worn. Other recognizable masks are not as well understood, and their use reflects the mind-boggling complexity of the predominantly animist Bamana religion. Among these are the animal-form masks such as this, often quite abstract, used in the "kono" and "kore" societies. One will see horses, hyenas, bush antelopes, and other animals depicted in these fascinating masks. Some masks are more naturalistic, though still highly-stylized, and are similar to Dogon masks of similar construction. Also well-known are the "ntomo" masks, with their numerous vertical projections on the top of the head. These masks are often decorated with colored string and cowries, and are danced for young boys prior to their initiation. 

For more information on Kono Masks see Jean-Paul Colleyn (ed.), Bamana-The Art of Existence in Mali .pp. 185-191


I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.