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Bamana Kore Animal Mask Suruku Mali African Art

Regular Price: $295.00

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Title Bamana Kore Animal Mask Suruku Mali Africa
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Mali
People Bamana
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 17 inches H. x 7 inches W. x 5 inches D.
Overall Condition Fair. 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 Repaired horn, chipped bottom jaw. Cracks chips and scrapes.

Additional Information: This is an impressive and dramatic wooden mask with its prominent forehead, pointed ears, square pierced eyes , pointed nose, and an open mouth . This masks comes from the Bamana people and belongs to the category of Kore Sukuru mask.

This well-carved and classic Kore society mask is worn by adult Bamana males during the initiation of young men into adult status. All Bamana males advance through various levels of initiation and secret knowledge and the Kore mask appears for only the most senior of men representing their personal struggle to achieve knowledge and wisdom. The symbolism of this mask identifies it as a Kore society-mask combining human and hyena features. According to researchers hyenas are thought by the Bamana to represent foolish behavior reflecting an uninformed view of the world, very much like the young male initiates. Carved in secret by the by the blacksmith the mask was made from a single piece of wood.

See close similar examples in BAMANA . The Art of existence in Mali , p.116-121