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Important Ceremonial Figure Komokun (head of Komo)

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Important Ceremonial Figure Komokun (head of komo)

Bamana Peoples, Mali

L: 40 in, H: 5 in


Bamana, Mali

This specific figure is typical of the Komo society, which functions as the custodian of tradition and is concerned with all aspects of community life - agriculture, judicial processes, and passage rites. The Komo is a secret power association of priests, knowledgeable elders, and blacksmiths that form the central Bamana social institution. Its masks and figures are of elongated animal form decorated with metals, antelope horns and other objects as vessels of power. Blacksmiths of the Komo society wear or carry the masks and the figures during a dance to invoke “nyama,” the force that activates the universe, during initiation of the members.

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