Photographs © Tim Hamill
N'tomo Mask 12
27.5" high x 8.5" wide x 5.5" deep.
Despite its appearance, this Bamana N'tomo mask shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.
This mask is in excellent condition.
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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