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Mask: Bird Bamana peoples

Africa | Mask from the Chokwe people of Angola | Basketry and bamboo frame, dark layer of natural gum, cloth, fiber and paint | ca. 1930 or earlier

Bambara Mask | The Bambara or Bamana are Mali's largest ethnic group. he Bambara had its glory in the early 17th century, when Kaladian Coulibaly founded the empire of Segou, a kingdom that was one of the dominating forces in the region. Bambara masks represent different manifestations of Faro, the creator god and guide of the universe, who gave all the qualities to men and who grows the fruit of the earth. So the mask is directly involved in the ceremonies, and its power is still alive.