Wood, pigment, sheet brass and aluminum, iron
This exceptionally ornate Ntomo mask, used in connection with the period of instruction for boys' initiation, echoes Ntomo masks used by the Bamana, nearest neighbors of the Marka. However, Marka masks, of which this is a fine example, tend to use sheet metal, particularly brass or aluminum, as decoration. Bamana masks lack this feature. The present mask uses a rich array of sheet brass stripping contrasting with sheet aluminum stripping, both decorated with stamped, linear designs and edge treatments. Moon and star brass cutouts above the face hint at Muslim influence. The significance of the nine teeth in the comb-like superstructure is unknown.
Height: 20 ½ inches
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000.
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