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This facial mask covered with cut-out aluminium pieces and circular mirror is used during initiation by the Malinke people of Guinea. The majority of the masks carved in Africa play a role during initiation. This is a period of learning divided into many stages that can last from several months to several years, which is the case for the Malinke people. The different levels group together individuals of the same age who are initiated together. The metal decorations are influenced by the decorative designs of Islamic art. 20th century.

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Lenght 64 cm, width 24 cm,height 18 cm

Examples,collection Musèe du quai Branly, collection The Cleveland Museum of Art

 


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