Description & Technical information
This monkey mask (Ngon) probably comes from the Koulikoro region at the centre of the Bamana cultural zone in Mali. It is characteristic of masks from this area due to its structural composition: the forehead is domed, rising from a flat, elongated face with two square eye holes on either side of a prominent nasal bone. The sculptural force of the minimalist face is striking.
Medium: Wood, Vegetable fibres
Dimensions: 50 cm (19⁵/₈ inches)
Provenance: Jef Vanderstraete, Lasne; Jean-Paul and Madeleine Edmonds-Alt collection, Brussel
Categories: Tribal Art
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Didier Claes is an expert in African Art, specialising in the arts from Central Africa.