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Toma Bakrogui small mask (N° 20056)

Reduced version of the rectangular toma mask featuring a flat face topped with horns, with the nose and forehead band forming the only reliefs. This mask was associated with the ancestors, the bakrogui. At the top of small accessories, feathers and meal, acting as talismans. Only members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the bakrogui mask
Height on base: 32 cm. Dark glossy patina, chipped kaolin.
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
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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