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Toma mask and its costume (N° 19656)
Ancient African mask bakrogui, Simogui, or Angbaï, of the Toma of Guinea, relating to the ancestors. This mask intended to impress is equipped with a thick skin hood, lined with various elements, mirrors, cowries. It is extended by a heavy cape made of embroidered textile and velvet with colored patterns, edged with red fabric. Metal bells adorn the contours of the mask. Only members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the bakrogui mask.
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The Toma of Guinea, called Loma in Liberia, live within the forest, at high altitude. They are renowned for their landai board masks intended to enliven the initiation rites of the poro association that structures their society, and which represent spirits of the bush. As soon as the landai mask appeared, the initiates would go to the forest to stay there for a month during which they would be taught. At the end of this journey, they would be subjected to a "ritual devouring" followed by a "symbolic rebirth." (Kerchache) The female society bundu, on the other hand, uses rare statuettes of the same name with apotropaic and divinatory purposes.
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|Origin||Collection française Prodhomme|
|Material(s)||wood, textile, metal, cuir, cauris|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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