Bambara N'tomo Mask, African Tribal Creations, Art, Mali, Bamana, Ntomo Society
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Bambara N'tomo Mask, African Tribal Creations, Art, Mali, Bamana, Ntomo Society:
AnAfrican Tribal Creations gallery sale
This sale is for a Bambara (Bamana) N'tomo society mask. The N'tomo society is one of six semi-secret societies in the culture of the Bambara ethnic group. It is associated with uncircumcised boys, and their initiation into Bambara society. Worn by village elders, the N'tomo masks generally have very small, narrow mouths, intended to encourage silence among the young initiates, as the primary role of the N'tomo is to instruct the young boys in the basics of Bambara society. It emphasizes discipline, an important virtue before graduating into the Koré and other societies. The masks generally display an ovoid and anthropomorphic face, with a broad row of horns across the top, with a figure occasionally extending from the mask's forehead.
This N'tomo mask is a fine example, with a 'forehead' embellishment of the Chi Wara, a mythological antelope-inspired creature for which the Bambara are known. It is a characteristic mask of the style, bearing a wide row of horns in front of which is the antelope effigy. The eye holes are prominent and circular, congruent with most masks produced by the Bambara, and its stylistic design, as with many in the genre, is intended to blend elements of mankind and other animal species together into one piece. This mask is finely detailed, and in quite good condition given its age. The piece does not appear to have undergone any notable breaks or repairs; one horn does appear cracked at the base, though it also appears to be structurally sound. The wood displays rub, scratch, and wear marks that indicate signs of age. From the nose and ears of the piece, hang metal rings, corroded from age. This is an interesting piece that will compliment any fine West African collection!
Dimensions are 16.75" x 8" x 4". It weighs in at just under three pounds.
Stand not included.
Medium: Wood, Metal
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Payment is expected within 3 days of sale close. Unless other arrangements are made, negative response will be assessed in the event of non payment.
This is a beautiful piece of art! It would be a great compliment to any decor, or private collection!
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