Lot: 119

92nd Tribal Art Auction

Hyaena mask "suruku" of the "korè" society

Mali, Bamana

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Maître Blanchet et associés, Paris-Drouot, 21 September 2004, Lot 237
Collection Musée de Saint-Cyprien, Pyrénées-Orientales, France (2017)
H: 15 inch 6000 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, sheet metal, nails, blackish mass, remains of hide, base The initiates of the "korè" are divided into different groups, each of which receives a certain animal as a totem. These are represented by appropriate masks. Aside of the hyaena mask "suruku", lion masks "jaraw" and monkey masks "sulaw" appear.


Colleyn, Jean Paul (Hg.), Bamana, Zürich 2001, p. 119, cat. 104