Rare Old Bamana People Wood Mask With Amazing Design Details From Mali
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Rare Old Bamana People Wood Mask With Amazing Design Details From Mali:
You are offerding on a Beautiful and REAL OLD BAMANA PEOPLE Carved wood mask from Mali.
The artistic tradition of the Bamana is rich, filled with pottery,
sculptures, beautiful bokolanfini cloth, and wrought iron figures
fashioned by blacksmiths. They also have extensive masking traditions,
which are used as a form of social control and community education.The Bamana are members of the Mande culture, a large and powerful group
of peoples in western Africa. Kaarta and Segou are Bamana city-states,
which were established in the 17th century and continued to have
political influence throughout the western Sudan states into the 19th
century. At this time religious wars broke out throughout the region,
setting Islamized societies against those who preferred to embrace
traditional Bamana views. A dichotomy between traditional and Islamic
views still exists today in Mali, and one may expect to encounter
representations of both cultures existing side by side and quite often
in syncretic combinations.The religion of the Bamana is directly related to the initiation
societies (dyow). As an initiate moves through the six societies, he or
she is taught vital issues concerning societal concepts of the moral
conduct of life, which contribute to the overall well-being of the
individual and the community. Through the six levels of education the
initiate learns the importance of knowledge and secrecy, is taught to
challenge sorcery, and learns about the dual nature of mankind, the
necessity for hard labor in the production of crops, and the realities
of surviving from day to day. The final dyow, the kore, is devised to
allow a man to regain that portion of his spirit that has been lost to
the god through the process of reincarnation. If a man is unable to
regain his spirit for several lifetimes, he will be entirely absorbed by
the god and will cease to exist on Earth. The goal of the initiate then
is to usurp the power of the god and remain on Earth, undergoing
This is one of Many items I will be offering on from an Amazing Single Collection I bought.
This collection is simply amazing and ALL items are old.
I will try to describe the item as accurate as possible.
In this item's case I know it is Bamana, from Mali
Maybe an expert will identify the specifics of this piece.
I do not know the exact age of this item but it is old.
I will try my best to report the accurate condition of all images I am offering on .
This is a tribal item and buyer must understand that the surface is not smooth.
There is the typical dirt and scratching to the Surface.
Surface dirt throughout as shown in photos.
A chip/loss on the back edge of the mask.
Otherwise the figure is in good conditionwith the typical wear of oldAfrican items dueto aging and use which adds character to this absolutely stunning and important collector's item.
The details are gorgeous.
Please see pictures and feel free to ask me any questions about this item.
It measures (the tallest):
13" Tall(33 cm)
7"Wide (17.8 cm)
6" Deep(15.2 cm)
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