Mask - Brass, Wood - Markha - Mali

Mask - Brass, Wood - Markha - Mali
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

The Marka form an ethnic group very close to the Bambara, whose art is characterised by masks covered with brass plates, like this one.
For the Marka, “Do” is the spirit to which the mask gives shape and constitutes its expression.
Do comes from the bush, through the mask of leaves, and in some mythical cases, via fibre masks with a carved wooden head.
In the religious system of the Marka society, “Do” is the most invoked spirit and its cult is the most elaborate one.
The Marka are organised in structured and hierarchical societies of masks.
There is an initiatory language, a means of communication spoken by the initiates.
Height: 46 cm.

Weight: 1,5 kilograms.
Registered shipment with acknowledgement of receipt.
Sold without stand.

Lot details
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Brass, Wood
2nd half 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
48×19×1 cm
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