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A Ntomo Dyo Mask


This 55 cm N’tomo masks was used by the Bambara people of West Africa.

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N’Tomo Ancestor Mask

Provenance: private dutch collection.
Estimate Age: Ca. mid-20th Cent. or earlier.
Height: 55 cm – 64 cm on the custom made metal base.
Wood, cowries shells, red seeds, resin remains, horse hair. Bamana tribe, Mali.
A fine, classic hardwood N’tomo ancestor mask with a classic, realistic open mouth expression and remains of offerings.

There are six male initiation societies that young males must pass through before becoming a man.

N’tomo Dyo is the first of these through which boys pass before their circumcision.

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