Bamana / Mask (Ntomo) / Mid 19th/early 20th centuryBamana
Mask (Ntomo)
Mid 19th/early 20th century

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Sahelese; Mali; Bamana
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Africa, Mali//Africa, Sudanic Africa, Mali (SL) Africa,Sudanic Africa,Mali
Creator Active Place: Africa,Sudanic Africa,Mali
Creator Name-CRT: Bamana
Title: Mask (Ntomo)
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1850
Creation End Date: 1950
Creation Date: Mid 19th/early 20th century
Creation Place: Africa,Sudanic Africa,Mali
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: Wood, metal
Dimensions: H: 31 1/4 in (79.4 cm); W: 9 in. (22.9 cm); D: 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1961.555
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Primitive Art Purchase fund
Subject Description: Mask in form of elongated male face surmounted by two female figures and an antelope figure. Face with circular eye holes; long, pointed nose; and small, pursed mouth. Incised geometric lines along outline of face and nose. Four narrow horns project up from behind crescent shaped ears; a third pair of horns project up from back of head behind antelope figure. Female figures with elongated faces with scarification patterns on forehead and nails for eyes; coiffure frames faces and is separated at center of head; projecting, conical-shaped breasts; and short legs and arms. Antelope figure with elongated, narrow face; long nose; long, cylindrical neck, and tall horns with incised spiral pattern.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1961.555
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998

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