Bamana Mask

Bamana Mask

Artist: Unknown Bamana Artist

Name: Kiwarani mask from the Ntomo society

Origin: Bamana people of Mali

Made of: Wood, mirrors, cowrie shells, seeds, animal horns

Dimensions: 31 x 8 x 20.5 in. (79 x 20 x 52 cm)

From: Gift of Hans and Thelma Lehmann, 1983


On display in the PLU’s Mortvedt Library (2nd floor)


Description: The mask is an oval shaped face with a long nose, no mouth, and three crowning horns that curve backward. The mask’s face is decorated with cowrie shells, seeds (Abrus precatorius), and mirrors.