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Baga statue (N° 22942)
Realistically crafted figures sculpted from traditional baga canons. Kneeling, the mother presents a young initiate whose hairstyle is similar to hers.
Satin patina, nuanced with browns, abrasions and cracks from desiccation.
Mixed with the Nalu and the Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps that are flooded six months a year. These Baga groups settled on the coast and living from rice growing are made up of seven sub-groups, including the Baga Kalum, Bulongic, Baga sitem, Baga Mandori, etc... They believe in a creator god called Nagu, Naku, that they do not represent.
Along with the extinction of male initiations since the 1950s, women's societies organize danced ritual ceremonies during which possession and divination sessions frequently take place. These groups make use of sculptures, masks and caryatid drums.
Ref. : "Baga Religious Memories" D. Berliner.
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