Marka Mask. Bamana Kingdom / People. Marka Tribe. Mali. Africa
The over 2 million Bamana people form the largest ethnic group in Mali and occupy the savannah in the central portion of the country. The Bamana (aka Bambara) kingdom was founded in the 17th Century and reached their height of power in the mid- to late-1700s.
The Marka (aka Warka) tribes occupy the northern region of the Bamana territory are well known for their detailed society / ancestral / healing / spiritual masks and elaborate ceremonies.
More recent Marka masks are covered in a copper alloy and nailed to the wooden face. This is a much older mask and does not have this covering, which makes it much more rare. Cracks and slivers of wood missing are noticeable.
I secured this from a collector in Colorado because of its age, its use and ceremonial authenticity. Stand not included. It is meant to be hung on the wall.
For the Serious Collector. A rare find at a very reasonable price.