About this object

This mask is probably of a type used by a Bamana power association called Komo, whose secrets were only made known to initiates. Such associations made use of powerful artworks and ‘medicines’ in order to combat malevolent forces, such as witchcraft, to ensure the well-being of their members and the wider community.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Bamana [Bambara]
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Foodstuff; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Gallery Menist, 1966
  • Collector
    Gallery Menist
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    290 mm x 860 mm x 300 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: Bambara ‘Kone’ Mask. Purchased from Gallery Menist, 1 Hartenstraat, Amsterdam C, Netherlands, in 1966 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund.
  • Related people
    Gallery Menist ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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