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Toma Loma mask (N° 19395)

This anthropo-zoomorphic African mask, reminiscent of the Dan/Kran, appears during major ceremonies. Belonging to the Toma of Liberia, its long toothed jaw sets it apart, as do various animal excrescences. Details such as the rib on the forehead and the circular exorbitant eyes, testify to the stylistic influence of the Dan of Liberia. Patina of use, granular residues encrusted.
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 bush spirits. 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 française Prodhomme
CountryLibéria
Material(s)wood, metal
Height71
Width25
Weight4.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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