Marka mask from Mali


Q: I have a collection of African old tribal masks which I took over from an old collector who for health reasons is unable to give much info. Here is one of many, I was thinking African, Mali possibly.  Natasha, 588

A: Sorry to take so long to answer. You have a nice Marka mask made for rites of passage rituals practiced by the Ndomo society in Mali, West Africa. Unlike similar masks used by the nearby Bamana people, these are covered with metal sheeting decorated in repousse. I think this is an especially well made piece.

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