Beautiful ancient Kore, or hyena, mask from the Bamana people of Mali. Wood, height 13 3/4". Some wood loss and abrasion, extensive signs of use. Ex. Dave Deroche, San Francisco. This mask was collected prior to 1964. The Kore was a male initiation society, whose rites of passage insured that an adolescent male member of the Bamana was symbolically killed as a child so he could be reborn as a male adult. The Kore society, like the Ntomo, which was another society dedicated to the rites of passage, was performed with an extensive set of masqueraders. The mask comes mounted on a custom base.