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Bamana Ntomo Eleven Horned Mask Africa Art

Regular Price: $750.00

Special Price: $490.00

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Title Bamana Ntomo Eleven Horned Mask Africa Art
Type of Object Ntomo Face Mask
Country of Origin Mali
People Bamana or Malinke
Materials Wood, tin or aluminum, glass, encrustation, seeds
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 28 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 6 Inches
38 inches on stand: base of stand 8 x 8 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 Cracks, chips and general wear, arrested bug damage, broken horns

Additional Information:  The rich decoration and the aesthetic quality of this mask set it apart from many other masks. The surface shows signs of wear and some age. This  face mask surmounted with seven vertical projectiles or horns is a variant of the traditional Marka,  Bamana, and Malinke N'tomo masks. Their masks are danced at the initiation ceremonies of young men (ntomo), and are much sought-after by collectors.

Ntomo is an initiation association joined by boys several years before their circumcision and initiation into adulthood the beginning of formal education, where youths learn the rudiments of social and The number of horns make reference to specific characteristics of males (three or six horns) or females (four or eight horns) and the androgynous (two, five or seven).

Some of its other features have also been symbolically interpreted: the small mouth indicates the value of silence or of thinking before speaking; the long nose expresses the metaphorical capacity to smell the good and bad qualities in people.

Ntomo maskers wear simple cotton costumes, sometimes with raffia attached, and they test one another by striking each other with sticks to develop forbearance in future life.

Recommended Reading:

Sarah C. Brett-Smith, The Making of Bamana Sculpture Creativity and Gender. Cambridge University Press, 1994, 352p.

Jean-Paul Colleyn (editor), Bamana. The Art of Existence in Mali.Museum For African Art, New York, Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, Gent; Museum Rietberg Zurich, 2001, 263p.