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Toma Bakrogui Mask (N° 14649)
With two thick horns, this African mask associated with ancestors, the bakrogui , has only reduced orifices for vision. The headband is highlighted with a cord, and accompanied by a central pattern comparable to a horn and accessorized with a small bundle of vegetable fibers, and two cloth pouches, small talismans. The lower part forms a large rounded chin. Only members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the mask bakrogui . Grainy surface.
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The Toma of Guinea, called Loma in Liberia, live in the forest, at altitude. They are renowned for their landai board masks intended to animate the initiation rites of the association poro which structures their society, and which represent spirits of the bush. As soon as the mask appeared landaï , 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 "devourle" followed by a symbolic "renaissance". (Kerchache) The women's society bundu, for its part, uses rare statuettes of the same name for apotropaic and divinatory purposes.
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|Material(s)||wood, textile, plant fibre|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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