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Bamana Mask from Mali with Stand 19″ – African Tribal Art

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This mask was carved in the style of the Bamana people of Mali. This distressed mask features a face with circular eyes and an open mouth expression. It has extensive wood deterioration – please inspect photos. It measures 14.25 inches tall and 19 inches on its stand and weighs 5.5 pounds.

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Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

Mali

Ethnicity

Bamana/Bambara

Material

Wood and pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

14.25" mask | 19" with stand

Width (Inches)

8"

Depth (Inches)

6"

Weight (Pounds)

5.5 lbs

Overall Condition

extensive wood deterioration

Tribe Information

About the Bamana People

“The 2,500,000 Bambara people, also called Bamana, form the largest ethnic group within Mali and occupy the central part of the country, in an area of the savannah. They live principally from agriculture, with some subsidiary cattle rearing in the northern part of their territory. The Bambara people are predominantly animists, although recently the Muslim faith has been spreading among them. The Bambara kingdom was founded in the 17th century and reached its pinnacle between 1760 and 1787 during the reign of N’golo Diarra is credited with conquering the Peul people and in and in turned claimed the cities of Djenne and Timbuktu. However, during the 19th century, the kingdom began to decline and ultimately fell to the French when they arrived in 1892. For the most part, Bambara society is structured around six male societies, known as the Dyow (sing Dyo).”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

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