This stunning African Mask is from the Marka people of Mali.
Marka tribal masks like have a small mouth with raised lips at the bottom of an elongated face. The nose is long and thin with eyes cast backwards.
Marka masks display an extensive use of bronze, copper or tin sheeting affixed on the face with small tacks or braids. Some Marka masks like this one have small colourful cotton tassels.
Antelopes are revered throughout Mali as a symbol of speed and endurance all hunters seek to attain and are therefore featured in most masks. This mask has a human face topped by antelope's horns. The Marka used these masks in ceremonies to ensure a successful hunt or a bountiful harvest and also in circumcision ceremonies which is an initiatory ritual into manhood.
Handcrafted in Mali Africa
Dimensions 18cm W x 57.5cm H