Bamana Naferi Mask Mali
Bamana Naferi Mali Mask Miniature
All Bamana males advance through various levels of initiation and secret knowledge and the Kore mask appears for only the most senior of men representing their personal struggle to achieve knowledge and wisdom. The symbolism of this mask identifies it as a Kore society-mask combining human and animal features. Usually carved in secret by the by the blacksmith the mask was made from a single piece of wood.