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Tabouret Baga (N° 16719)

Wide, gently curved seat for this everyday seat supported by four massive feet. The object is devoid of ornamentation. Use skate, cracking and abrasions.
Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded six months a year. These Baga groups, based on the coast and living from rice farming, are made up of seven subgroups, including Baga Kalum, Bulongic, Baga sitem, Baga Mandori, etc. They believe in a creative god called Nagu, Naku, which they do not represent, and which is accompanied by a male spirit whose name is Somtup. Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest. After the abandonment of rites following Islamization, colonization, or conversions to Christianity, the Baga now seek to revive their traditions through festive ceremonies using masks. Alongside the extinction of male initiations since the 1950s, women's societies hold ritual danceceremonies during which sessions of possession and divination are frequently held. These groups make use of caryatid sculptures, masks and drums.  

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OriginCollection Prodhomme
EthnyBaga
CountryGuinée
Material(s)wood
Height11
Depth12
Width35
Weight2.80 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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