N'Tomo Mask - Bamana People, Mali 26
N'Tomo Mask - Bamana People, Mali 26
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N'Tomo Mask - Bamana People, Mali 26

$150.00
The N'Tomo Society is organized into 5 year long age grades through which boys must pass before they are circumcised & emerge as educated men. Physical courage is also stressed. Each initiate owns a whip made of a long branch. If a boy cries or complains after a ritual blow from a peer, he is considered a coward. Uncircumcised Bamana (or Bambara) children are considered androgynous, & are filled with a chaotic energy called wanzo. N'Tomo is "the mother of the wanzo" & its primary role is the control & containment of the wanzo. After circumcision, boys are considered fertile & responsible adults. The wanzo energy is transferred to the mask. The masquerade shows how man moves from his original innocence to a greater knowledge of the world.

Height: 26 " x Width: 6 " x Depth: 5 "

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