|Title||Bamana Kore Mask Suruku Zoomorphic Mali African Art|
|Type of Object||Mask|
|Country of Origin||Mali|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Dimensions||Height: 18 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 5.75 Inches
|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||a few broken holes in mask rim. some cracks, chips. encrusted surface|
Additional Information: This is an impressive and dramatic mask consistent with known Bamana motifs. It displays a prominent forehead, pointed ears, square pierced eyes and a pointed nose. The mouth is agape, with a ball-shaped object inside. This masks comes from the Bamana people and belongs to the category of Kore Sukuru mask.
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 animal features. Usually 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