Hyena dance mask, Bambara ethnic group, Mali, early 20th century
Wooden zoomorphic (animal) dance mask, representing a hyena, from the Bambara or Bamana ethnic group.
the mask Hyena is linked to the rites of Kore and is shown to the end of the initiation. He demonstrates that the wearer belongs to the animal group that he embodies, monkey, lion or hyena.
The mask is presented on a custom-made base in heavy and solid metal.
Provenance: private collection
Collector's piece of primitive African art, Bambara, unique and unusual in the spirit of cabinets of curiosities.
In its own juice, beautiful crusty patina.
DIMENSIONS : H41.5xW18xD44cm
DATE: First half of the 20th century
ORIGIN: Mali, Bambara ethnic group
WEIGHT : 1,630kg