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Face Mask

Face Mask

c. 1930

Wood, aluminum, copper, hair

Overall: 62.2 x 23 x 15.3 cm (24 1/2 x 9 1/16 x 6 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1994.14

Description

Malinke is the term used for Islamic Bamana speakers in Mali. Although Moslem, the Malinke have retained traditional initiation societies responsible for training boys to fulfill their adult roles. Masking performances and other techniques are used to instill self-awareness, discipline, and sacred knowledge in young men. Aluminum, which first became available with the advent of airplanes, enriches the mask's surface with cut and stamped geometric shapes.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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