Dimensions: H:25.6" W:17.3" L:7.9" Weight: 8.4 lbs.
Marka Janus-Double Face Mask from the Marka tribe in Mali - This is a fantastic Marka Janus-Double Face Mask from Mali. The Marka tribe use brass or copper sheeting to create texture and have a distinct angular style. This type of mask was used in the N'tomo initiation mask for young boys during adolescent circumcision ceremonies and when circumcised men advanced from one grade to the next.
About the Tribe
The Marka people are well known for their puppets and masks. They use masks in fishing and farming ceremonies to ensure successful hunt and productive harvest. These masks vary in size and have elongated features, a long nose, a protruding mouth, eyes shadowed by a domed shape forehead, decorated with red fiber tassels on the ears and the head each coated with brass in geometric patterns.