A Bamana facemask, for the Kore society
Lot 2504
A Bamana facemask, for the Kore society
Sold for US$ 5,400 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Bamana facemask, for the Kore society
Mali, beautifully carved in striking, angular style. Fine and well patinated surface with elaborate incising.
height 16 1/2in


  • Exhibited:
    Governors State University, IL, 2003
    Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003
    Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004
    Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005

    Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003 p.2, fig.5

    Kono masks are associated with abstract qualities of judgment and discernment of good and evil. This mask depicts a mythical beast, a composite creature loosely based on both elephant and crocodile yet heavily encrusted with sacrificial materials.