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Ancient African mask bakrogui, Simogui, or Angbaï, of the Toma of Guinea, relating to the ancestors. This mask intended to impress is equipped with a thick skin hood, lined with various elements, mirrors, cowries. It is extended by a heavy cape made of embroidered textile and velvet with colored patterns, edged with red fabric. Metal bells adorn the contours of the mask. 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 ...


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Toma / Loma Simogui, Bakrogui mask
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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 ...

Toma Bakrogui plank mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Toma Mask

Coll. French African art.
Rectangular plan depicts a face topped with horns, and whose nose and headband form the only reliefs. This exceptional mask associated with the ancestors, the bakrogui, has only reduced openings for vision but has a wide open mouth of teeth. At the top an element composed of wood, metal, strings and cauris, acting as a talisman, is coated with a crusty gangue. Only the members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the mask bakrogui
Emprete of xylophas, smooth dark patina. Height on a base: 158 cm.
The Toma of Guinea, known as Loma in Liberia, live in the forest at high altitudes. They are renowned for their landai masks designed to animate the initiation rites of the association poro which structures their society, and which represent the ...


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