Hyena mask - Wood - Suruku - Bambara - Mali - Asian African Art
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Hyena mask – Wood – Suruku – Bambara – Mali


Mid 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object:Hyena mask
Indigenous object name:Suruku
Ethnic group/ culture:Bambara
Region/ country:Mali
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:42×22×28 cm
Weight:1210 g

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Powerful wooden African Hyena mask of the Bambara-tribe from equatorial Africa. It takes the form of a stylized hyena head with slit eyes, a pair of ears and a beak-like square mouth.

The initiates of the “korè“ society are divided into different groups, each of which receives a certain animal as a totem.
These are represented by appropriate masks. Aside of the hyena mask
„suruku“, lion masks „jaraw“.
Good condition with traces of tribal use. A small crack is visible around the jaw.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.