Photographs © Tim Hamill
N'tomo Mask 5
24" high x 9"wide x 4.75"deep
This Bamana N'tomo mask has been vetted as being authentic but with little sign of use and age.
There is insect damage on the two outside horns and a broken piece missing from the bottom back.
Among the Bamana, one of the most popular dances is that of the Ntomo association. Functioning as a bush school for the young, they were performed at harvest festivals. The number of horns indicated the sex of the mask. (male: 3 or 6, female: 4 or 8, androgynous: 2,5 or 7.)
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