Mask “kore” from the Marka people of Mali

Mali, Marka wood, dark brown patina, oval hollowed base, carved with a narrow face with elongated chin, crowned by vertical protruding horns, the long nose bridge accompanied by staff-like metal projections, nearly the whole face coated with punched copper sheet, slightly dam., minor missing parts, crack (forehead, backside at the lower rim), remains of fabric; the Marka, a mixture of the Peul and the Moors are forming an individual group within the Mande (Soninke). All along the Niger this mask type is used for ceremonies associated with fishing and agriculture. H: 46 cm H: 18.1 inch


Förster, Till, Glänzend wie Gold, Gelbguss bei den Senufo, Berlin 1987, p. 168, ill. 143 Polfliet, Leo, Malinke, Marka, Bamana, Minianka, München 1983, p. 16