Community mask

About This Item

Marka community members wear antelope masks paired with colorful clothing during festivals to ensure successful hunting and harvests, as well as for initiation rites. Today, these masks are rare as few people in the community still make them.

Date
20th Century
Geography
Marka people, Burkina Faso or Mali, Africa
Medium
thread
metal
wood (karite or baobab tree)
Context
Research in the Global Museum’s archives show that most of the Africa collection comes from West Africa, yet the variety of objects here originated from almost every region in the continent, characterizing the itinerant movements people have between their neighboring communities. Materials and designs reflect their particular source communities and show evidence of cultural exchange and trade routes. On a deeper level, ceremony intermingles with daily life. There is balance between the living and the dead, where deceased loved ones or powerful spirits are embodied with human and/or animal characteristics to protect, soothe, or guide the living.
Height
16.25 in
Width
5.5 in
Depth
3.25 in
Copyright
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