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Toma mask (N° 23007) Deposit sale

African mask old bakrogui, Simogui, or Angbaï, attached to the ancestors. The angular reliefs of the face, the metal-rimmed pupils overhanging the circular forehead, an imposing hooked nose, combine here in a remarkable physiognomy of severe appearance. Only members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the bakrogui mask.
Libatory remains mixed with feathers, at the top.
The Toma of Guinea, called Loma in Liberia, live in the forest, at high altitudes. They are renowned for their landaï mask-boards intended to animate the initiation rites of the poro association which structures their society, and which represent the spirits of the bush. As soon as the landaï mask appeared, the initiates went to the forest to stay there for a month during which they would be taught. At the end of this journey, they will be subjected to a "ritual devouring" followed by a "symbolic rebirth". (Kerchache) The female Bundu society, for its part, uses rare statuettes of the same name for apotropaic and divinatory purposes.  

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OriginCollection française Prodhomme
Material(s)wood, metal, textile
Height cm33
Width13 cm
Weight1.95 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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