Fierce Bamana Face Mask 14.75″- Mali – African Art


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This mask was created in the style of the Bamana people of Mali. The mask features a face with a fierce expression and a finial crest. It measures 14.75 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. There is some minor damage on the back of the mask and some cracking and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos. Stand not included

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age









1.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Damage to back. Cracking and wear and tear.

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).”

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


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