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Baga Mask (N° 13359)

Baga religious practices and African art
Mixed with Nalu and Landuman , Baga live along the coast sail of Guinea-Bissau in flooded swamp regions six months a year. 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 , represented by a large cage covered with raffia whose top is a bird's head. Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest, and which they wore obliquely on the head. This mask intended to be worn on the head borrows the face of the Baga Nimba mask, characterized by a buzzed nose evoking a bird's beak, an incised hair divided by a crest. A small tubular mouth is lined with patterns evoking scarifications. A native restoration was carried out on the back of the mask, which was damaged, using wicker rods. Slightly sainy dark brown patina. The fundamental ritual among the Baga and their neighbours is the initiation that takes place every twenty-four years. The initiation society is called after the invoked spirit, or to-lom (sacred). After the abandonment of the rites following Islamization and colonization, the Baga are now seeking to revive their traditions through festive ceremonies using masks. Source: U.0022Baga" D.Berliner  

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Originex-collection Calbanen
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Weight1.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid xxe
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