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Baga figure (N° 22376)

Coll. French African tribal art.
Mixed with the Nalu and the Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps 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 whose name is Somtup, represented by a large cage covered with raffia whose top is a bird's head. Another spirit adopts a serpent form, the bansonyi, leader of the initiates of the to-lom classes. Each family has, among a variety of consecrated objects, an altar in the form of a composite figure of bird and human, a-tshöl or elek. Other headdresses depict the bird, including the a-nok mask or the a-bemp or a-bamp, present during the initiation ritual. It now spawns at arcane festivities.
After the abandonment of the rites following Islamization and then colonization, the Baga today seek to revive their traditions by means of festive ceremonies using masks. Many erosions, desiccation cracks.
Source: "The bird in the art of West Africa" ​​Ed. Sepia  


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OriginColl. française Prodhomme
Height cm190
Width33 cm
Weight23.40 Kg
Estimated dating1ère motié xx°

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