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Toma Bakrogui mask (N° 20682)

This board mask, the bakrogui, topped with small horns, is pierced with holes indicating the eyes and mouth of a face. The surface is decorated with textile and metal elements trimmed with nails. Small wool pompons decorate the whole.
Only members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the bakrogui mask associated with the ancestors.
The Toma of Guinea, called Loma in Liberia, live within the forest, at high altitude. They are renowned for their landai board masks intended to enliven the initiation rites of the poro association that structures their society, and which represent bush spirits. As soon as the landai mask appeared, the initiates would go to the forest to stay there for a month during which they would be taught. At the end of this journey, they would be subjected to a "ritual devouring" followed by a "symbolic rebirth". (Kerchache) The female society bundu, on the other hand, uses rare statuettes of the same name with apotropaic and divinatory purposes.  

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Originex-collection française
Material(s)wood, textile, metal, clous
Weight1.20 Kg
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