Mask - Copper, Wood - Marka, Bamana - Mali

Mask - Copper, Wood - Marka, Bamana - Mali
Mid 20th century - Good

Beautiful Marka mask In a refined style, it is covered with a beautiful aged patina.
The Marka are an ethnic group very close to the Bambara, whose art is characterised by masks covered with brass plates, such as 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, through fibre masks with a carved wooden head.
In the religious system of the Marka society, “Do” is the most involved spirit and its cult is the most elaborate one.
Good condition with a good aged patina. Contains traces of tribal use, the top of the mask has a crack in the wood.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

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Lot details
Ethnic group/ culture
Marka, Bamana
Region/ country
Copper, Wood
Mid 20th century
Sold with stand
43×21×12 cm
1600 g
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