|Indigenous object name:||Suruku|
|Ethnic group/ culture:||Bambara|
|Period:||Mid 20th century|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
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.