About this object

The mask of the suruku, or hyena, was worn by a masker of the Korè, a male initiation association. In some Bamana communities it may have served to chase curious non-initiates away from the association’s sacred grove during secret ceremonies. Masks in the form of ‘lazy’ or ‘wily’ animals like the hyena were also used in performances that criticized hypocritical individuals and the authority of immoral elders.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Mask
  • Culture
    Bamana [Bambara]
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date made
    1968 before
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Gallery Felius, 1968
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa
  • Date collected
    1968 before
  • Measurements
    475 mm x 192 mm x 170 mm; 18 11/16 in x 7 9/16 in x 6 11/16 in
  • Note
    Stockbook: Kore Society Hyena Mask (Bambara, Mali). Gallerie Felius, 71-73 Markt, Delft, Holland
Object view = Humanities
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