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Bamana Kore Society Mask African Art

Regular Price: $295.00

Special Price: $192.00

Product #: 113921
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Title Bamana Kore Society Mask African Art
Country of Origin Mali
People Bamana
Materials Wood, paint
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 15 Inches
Width: 9.5 Inches
Depth: 6 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 Cracked, chipped, old bug damage

Additional Information: This is a Bamana Kore society mask with beatiful finish.  The mask is carved in a dense wood and presents a large face with a prominent forehead, and a face divided into two by a straight nose.

Suruku 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 Suruku mask of the Kore society. Suruku masks are seen as a combination of human and hyena features. 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 blacksmith the mask was made from a single piece of wood and reflects the skill of the Bamana sculptor.

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.