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Toma / Loma Simogui, Bakrogui mask (N° 19346)

French African art coll. Ancient, rare mask, bakrogui, Simogui, or Angbaï, relating to the ancestors. It is surmounted by a majestic headdress extended by a cape reminiscent of those of the neighboring Dan. Bells are attached to the textile pads around the mask, which is also decorated with various metal elements. Only members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the bakrogui mask.
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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OriginCollection Prodhomme
EthnyToma
CountryLibéria
Material(s)wood, cauris, textile et metal
Height140
Width28
Weight3.49 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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