Marka Ndomo Mask
The Marka are a subgroup of the Bamana culture. This mask is worn for the Ndomo ceremony that takes place yearly. This is a ceremony for pre-pubescent boys. It is like their coming of age ceremony. All of the boys are separated from their families and live together in the traditional house. This house is built by all off the boys and is called a saho. This ceremony tells the story of how man was created. It tells the history of the culture.

The mask is made of wood and then covered in metal. The Marka are known for covering their masks with metal. The little indentations that cover the forehead most likely represents the process of scarification. The elongated face is associated with the antelope, which is an important animal to this culture. The two wooden sticks on the forehead refer to the antelope’s horns. The red balls at the ends of the rods are typical of this culture.

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