This wood & copper mask is a one of a kind mask, hand made by the artists of West Africa.
This is a Bambara mask from Mali. The Bambara people are agrarian and regard the antelope as the ideal animal and the mythical being that taught men to farm. Therefore, antelope horns such as these feature commonly on their masks. Also common in their masks are the dried red berries at the tips of the horns. On this masks such is represented by the red pigmentation on the tips of the three hair strands falling across the face.
This particular mask falls in one of two classes of ntomo masks. The ntomo society was for uncircumcised boys and towards their training to become men in the society, there are expected to meditate on the virtues of ntomo masks. This kind of ntomo mask bears an oval face with a ridged nose and thin protruding mouth. The mouth is meant to teach the importance of silence and the virtue of restraint in speech.
It is only after the discipline taught by this mask is learnt that boys are allowed to proceed to the next level where they are intimated with the secret knowledge of the tribe.
Width: 6 inches
Depth: 3 inches
Weight: 3 pounds
Materials: Wood & Copper
Origin: Bambara Tribe - Mali, Africa
Hanging Instructions: Two holes are pre carved into the top portion of the back of the mask. String is tied through the holes for immediate hanging.
Care: Dust the piece as needed.
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