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Toma mask (N° 22288)
Featuring horns surmounting a wide circular forehead, discreet facial features including tiny perforations indicating the eyes, the bakrogui is an African mask associated with the ancestors. It is also plated with decorative patterns made of metal sheets. Only members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the bakrogui mask.
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The Toma of Guinea, called Loma in Liberia, live in the forest, at high altitudes. They are renowned for their landaï mask-boards intended to animate the initiation rites of the poro association which structures their society, and which represent the spirits of the bush. As soon as the landaï mask appeared, the initiates went to the forest to stay there for a month during which they would be taught. At the end of this journey, they will be subjected to a "ritual devouring" followed by a "symbolic rebirth". (Kerchache) The female Bundu society, for its part, uses rare statuettes of the same name for apotropaic and divinatory purposes.
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|Material(s)||wood, metal, textile|
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