A Rare Large Western Sudan, Mali Bamana (Bambara) Animal Dance Mask
A Rare Large Western Sudan, Mali Bamana (Bambara) Animal Dance Mask

A Rare Large Western Sudan, Mali Bamana (Bambara) Animal Dance Mask

1800 to 1900 Sudan

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A Rare Large Western Sudan, Mali Bamana (Bambara) Animal Dance Mask
Old dry and crusty patina
19th – Early 20th Century

Size : 99 cm high, 30 cm wide, 15 cm deep – 39 ins high, 11¾ ins wide, 6 ins deep
Provenance : Ex Pierre Verité, Paris
Ex Paul Wengraf, Arcade Gallery ( Purchased in the 1950's )
Ex New York Private collection

As Picasso told Malraux 'for me the (tribal) masks were not just sculptures, they were magical objects ….. intercessors ….. against everything, against unknown, threatening spirits ….. they were weapons - to keep people from being ruled by spirits, to help free themselves' (Rubin 1984 pg 255 Primitivism in 20th Century Art)
These masks were once worn by the Kono Society of the Bamana peoples in their rituals for a good harvest.
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