Global Art & Artifacts

Marka Mask.  Bamana Kingdom / People. Marka Tribe. Mali.  Africa

Click the photo above for a larger version and more pictures


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.


This Item has SOLD!  Thanks C.R. !


NOTE to the Art Collector, Gallery Owner, Dealer or Academic: click here for items unique to your requirements.

Product Categories
Bowls, Boxes, Bells, Gongs, Medicine Holders. Containers not considered vessels
FFurniture / Furnishings
Furniture, Furnishings, Wall Hangings, Screens, Lamps, Display Pieces, Pedestals, Paintings
Masks and Headgear
RReference / Research
Maps, Books and Materials
SStatues & Figures
Statues, Sculptures, Figures, Heads & Busts
VVessels & Vases
Vessels, Urns, Vases, Incense Burners, Censers
Knives, Swords, Letter Openers, Phurbas, Spears, Blowpipes
OOther not categorized
Other and miscellaneous such as Jewelry, Musical Instruments, Games, Garments, Skulls