Male Face Mask (Ntomo)

A work made of wood and metal.

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  • A work made of wood and metal.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Bamana
Segou region, Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

This mask depicts a young man with an elongated face in a style that originated in the Segou region. Adolescent males danced with masks like this during their initiation into Ntomo, the first in a series of power associations that Bamana boys joined when they transitioned from youth to adulthood. The images on this mask of an antelope and two female figures encouraged young men’s prowess in farming and courting, respectively.

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Artist

Bamana

Title

Male Face Mask (Ntomo)

Origin

Mali

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Wood and metal

Dimensions

79.4 × 22.9 × 22.2 cm (31 1/4 × 9 × 8 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1961.555

Extended information about this artwork

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