Although predominantly Muslim, both Islamic and traditional views are entwined in Banama culture. They have retained traditional initiation societies responsible for training boys to fulfill their adult roles. Masking performances and other techniques are used to instill self-awareness, discipline, and sacred knowledge in young men. This mask is anthropomorphic in form, ie has human aspects and the horns which are part of the circumcision ceremony represent the dancers gender role. Two horns signify androgyny ie an uncircumcised male. Aluminum, which first became available with the advent of airplanes, enriches the mask's surface with cut and stamped geometric shapes. From a UK collection.
Height without stand 12 ins/30cms
The stand can be included. It also looks striking on the wall.