Why, you ask? What’s African art got to do with you, Dave Dahl? I’ll tell you what. Nothing. And that’s freaking great.
This mask is particularly cool.
Bamana Kore Mask from Mali
16″ x 6″ x 6″ & 2 lbs
ex Alfred L. Scheinberg, NY
ex Mark Eglinton, NY
ex Fily Keita
In the Bamana culture, there are six initiation societies, Kore being the last and is known as the stage of attaining divinity. They believe in endless re-incarnation and that each time he returns to earth, that God removes a portion of his spiritual nature and keeps it in Heaven. Therefore, if uninitiated, the deity will become completely reabsorbed. To ensure infinite reincarnations, the Kore teachings are essential.
In Yaka culture, masks are worn for multiple occasions. When Yaka boys are ready for initiation they are taken to bush camps and are put through multiple rituals to prepare for manhood. Yaka masks are also worn during public festivals. The ndeemba style mask are worn by newly circumcised young men during their dances and marks their return to village life.
Provenance: *May D&F Co. Denver, Colorado, before 1964
*Denver Art Museum, Colorado (inv.1964.292) acquired from the above, 1964
*Cole Harrell, New York, acquired from the above to benefit the Denver Art Museum Acquisitions Fund
Exhibited: Denver Art Museum, Colorado, Frederic C. Hamilton Gallery, 2006-2016
Bakongo Nkondi nail fetishes were used by communities for many reasons including protection against illnesses and evil spirits, and to set in stone contracts and decide argument outcomes. A holy person would activate the statue using magical substances. The Bakongo people also deeply believed in these figures ability to be effective tools to identify and punish wrong doers. The nails would be hammered into the sculpture to provoke action.
Baule is a tribe, not an in individual artist. We don’t know who carved it, but it appears to be by a “known hand”, and we are looking into it.
Provenance: Private French Collection (Richard Gabillet).
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