Monday, January 23, 2017

The Fagalde Collection of West African Tribal Art: History of the Marka Masks of Mali, West Africa

The masks of the Marka (a Mande subgroup) originated in the landlocked country of Mali, West Africa.

Long ago masks such as the Marka were thought to be extremely powerful and had the ability to frighten away evil spirits, convey messages from the spirit world and cure illnesses.

The Marka would perform ceremonies devoted to fishing and farming, and their stylized masks would be danced to invoke the spirits to grant the community with abundant agricultural yields and a successful fishing season...

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