French collection of African art This African mask of the bakrogui type, topped with small horns, is presented without eyes and in a modest version. The surface is coated with crusty residue, mainly on the forehead.
Only members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the bakrogui mask associated with the ancestors.
Height on base: 39 cm.
The Toma of Guinea, called Loma in Liberia, live in the heart of the forest, at altitude. 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 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 bundu feminine society, for its part, uses rare statuettes of the same name for apotropaic and divinatory purposes.  

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OriginCollection française Prodhomme
EthnyToma
CountryGuinée
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm27
Width15 cm
Weight0.85 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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