N'Tomo MaskArtist(s)BamanaArtist NationalityBamanaObject Creation Date1900-1970Medium & Supportwood, cowrie shells and red seedsDimensions
26 3/8 in x 7 in x 5 7/8 in (67 cm x 17.8 cm x 14.9 cm)Credit LineGift of Prof. and Mrs. Horace M. MinerLabel copy
N'tomo society members are uncircumcised. They wear this mask, an insignia of the lowest-ranking of six male association. During initiation, the horns act as iconic forms revealing knowledge and symbols of Bamana myths and culture. Upon circumcision, males enter adulthood and leave N'tomo.Primary Object Classification Wood and Woodcarving Primary Object TypemaskCollection AreaAfricanRights
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