Soninke Mask - Marka People, Mali
Soninke Mask - Marka People, Mali
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Soninke Mask - Marka People, Mali

$36.00
Sold as is, as the tips of both horns have been broken off.
Over 450,000 Marka Soninke people live in Mali. They carve masks with very long faces & pointed chins that are often covered with appliques of thin brass with repousse designs. The N'Tomo Society use this mask in two rituals, the circumcision ceremony of adolescents, the second when initiated adult men ad- vance from one grade to another. The mask represents a beautiful woman, & when danced mimicks the gestures of a young woman.
Now only danced once a year on the Islamic feast day. The mask is one of the few items the Marka keep as a reminder of their animistic past.

Height: 18" x Width: 5 "

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