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Baga Nimna mask (N° 20800)

Baga religious practices and African art This "shoulder mask" has openings under the breasts to allow the wearer to see, and is elaborately decorated with chevrons and incisions underlined by inlays of tapestry nails. Beautiful patina of use.
Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coast of Guinea-Bissau in swampy regions that are flooded six months a year. They believe in a creator god called Nagu , Naku , whom they do not represent, and who is accompanied by a male spirit, one of whose names is Somtup . Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they created a powerful mask , hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, with the aim of communicating with the spirits of the forest. The physiognomy of the Baga Nimba mask is characterized by a bushy nose evoking a bird's beak and incised hair divided by a crest. This national symbol can reach up to 50 kg in its largest versions. Its real name Demba / D'mba (or Nimba in the Baga language), it represents the nurturing woman , but it also evokes the bird, more particularly the fertility of the hornbill thanks to its beak-shaped nose. Supposed to increase harvests and encourage pregnancies, it is displayed during various ceremonies, festivals and funerals, and its use continues today during important festivities. The wearer of the mask is wrapped in raffia and leads a dance to the rhythm of drums.
The fundamental ritual among the Baga and their neighbors is the initiation that takes place every twenty-four years. The initiation society is called after the name of the spirit invoked, or to-lom (sacred). After the abandonment of the rites following Islamization, colonization, or conversions to Christianity, the Baga today seek to revive their traditions through festive ceremonies using masks.
Source : "Baga" D.Berliner  

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OriginCollectin Dr Jean-Emmanuel Voltz
Material(s)wood, metal
Weight12.60 Kg

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