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Baga Mask (N° 22312)

French tribal art collection.
This African mask features a naja snake with dilated pupils. Polychrome diamond patterns adorn its surface. Old piece.
Abrasions of use, eroded base.

Serpentiform African initiatory mask used mainly by the Bulongic (village of Kifinda), Baga subgroup of the Guinean coast, its size can go up to 2.50 m. These masks were divided into two groups with the names Mosolo kombo and Sangaran, each with specific functions. Their conception took shape in an esoteric context, at night within the forest. Privileges of initiated men, embodying a spiritual entity, the Baga Sangaran masks only attended circumcision, every 24 years according to ethnologist Denise Paulme. During certain dances the mask was placed on the head, held in balance by a bamboo structure and by the arms of the wearer himself covered with a fabric and a loincloth of raffia. Among the Baga Koba, the mask was worn on the shoulder, without a costume. In other groups, the mask appeared in different contexts.
The Baga live along the Atlantic coast of the Republic of Guinea, in West Africa. They are one of the smallest ethnic groups in Guinea, and have lived relatively isolated from their neighbors due to the vast swamplands that surround them.
(source: Baga, David Berliner)  

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OriginCollection française Prodhomme
EthnyBaga
CountryGuinée
Material(s)wood
Height cm159
Width22 cm
Weight8.22 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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