Image: Bambara mask

Bambara mask

Bambara masks are used during rituals such as initiation, weddings, births, circumcisions, funerals, and purifications of objects or beings. Masks receive offerings and sacrifices and, on certain occasions, are even ritually buried when their role has ended and their sacred character lost.

Carved wooden anthropomorphic mask overlaid with metal.

Melanie Van Olffen
© Australian Museum


Australian Museum Collection E76226

Donated in 1979

Provenance: Bambara people, Mali

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