Combining animal and human traits, this example of a genre of mask called <em>suruku</em>, meaning “hyena,” most likely belonged to the Korè, one of six power associations that the Malinke would have adopted from their Bamana neighbors. The Korè is concerned with the circumcision and initiation of male youths into adulthood. The mask probably served as one of the symbols of the different Korè classes.

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  • Title: Helmet Mask
  • Date Created: mid- to late 1800s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 47 cm (18 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: Leonce and Pierre Guerre, Paris sale, Madame Hérica Ravel, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Mask
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2004.84
  • Medium: Wood and probably resin
  • Department: African Art
  • Culture: Africa, West Africa, Mali, Malinke-style blacksmith-carver
  • Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
  • Collection: African Art
  • Accession Number: 2004.84

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