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Sulaw mask

Bamana People20th century

Mudec - Museum of Cultures

Mudec - Museum of Cultures
Milan, Italy

This mask is associated with the korè, one of several Bamana male initiation societies. Initiation requires boys to face a set of trials in the woods that culminate with their symbolic death and rebirth.
Every age cohort is associated with specifc zoomorphic masks, representing hyenas, lions, and monkeys.

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  • Title: Sulaw mask
  • Creator: Bamana People
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: h 25 cm
  • Provenance: Mali
  • Type: Mask
  • Rights: Ezio Bassani Collection - Museum of Cultures, Milan - AFR 3
  • Medium: Carved wood

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