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There are many Baga male statues in African art that represent a bearer of the D'mba (Nimba) mask.


Baga Nimba face mask
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This rare face mask from the Northern Baga features the Nimba, a buzzed nose evoking a bird's beak over a tubular mouth, a summit ridge, and rounded ears. A nailing highlights the volumes, while parallel furrows embellish the surface. This mask would embody an idealized baga woman, and principles of fertility and abundance of harvests. They occur during harvests, marriages or deaths. Mate patina with grainy redious kaolin inlays.

Mtês Nalu and Landuman, Baga live along the coast of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded 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 , depicted by a large cage covered with raffia whose top is a bird's head. He is assisted by the ...


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Fetish bust Baga Nalu
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Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded six months a year. These Baga groups based on the coast and living from rice farming are made up of seven subgroups, including the Baga Kalum, Bulongic, Baga sitem, Baga Mandori, etc. 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. Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, hybrid snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, with the aim of communicating with the spirits of the forest. After the abandonment of rites following Islamization, colonization, or conversions to Christianity, the Baga now seek to revive their traditions through festive ceremonies using ...


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Baga Bansonyi Snake Mask
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This African mask features a naja snake with dilated pupils. Polychrome orange motifs adorn its surface. Beautiful polychromy mattified by time. Old room.
As african serpentiform initiation group used mainly by Bulongic (Kifinda village), a subgroup Baga on Guinean coastline, its size can be as large as 2.50 m. These masks were divided into two groups bearing the names Mosolo kombo and Sangaran , each with specific functions. Their design took shape in an esoteric context, at night in the forest. Privileges of initiated men, embodying a spiritual entity, the Baga Sangaran masks attended only circumcision, every 24 years according to the ethnologist Denise Paulme. During some dances the mask was placed on the head, balanced by a bamboo structure and by the arms of the wearer ...


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Baga Altar Mask
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Ex-English African art collection.
Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded 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 , figured by a large cage covered with raffia whose top is a bird's head. Another spirit adopts a form of snake, the bansonyi , head of the classes to-lom . The nimba, the shoulder mask, evokes a fertile woman. Each family has, among a variety of consecrated objects, an altar in the form of a composite figure of bird and human, athel or elek , which rises from a circular base. Frequent sacrifices are supposed to reactivate the protective power of the Elek. Other headdresses ...


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Baga janiform crest mask
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Baga religious practices and African art. Mixed with Nalu and Landuman , Baga live along the coast 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 . Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest.
The Baga use various crest masks in the image of young girls, the tiyambo evoking a young puberty and the yombifissa or "belle hair". The red color chosen for the skin is associated with idealized clear skin. The long hair gathered in braids refers to the hairstyle worn by Fulani women or limba. But this mask ...


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Large Baga Bansonyi Mask
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French tribal art collection.
This African mask, whose lateral inclination forms a peculiarity, is a naja snake with dilated pupils. The position is a special elegance to this sculpted work. Polychrome orange motifs adorn its surface. Locally peeled crusty patina. Old room.
As african serpentiform initiation group used mainly by Bulongic (Kifinda village), a subgroup Baga on Guinean coastline, its size can be as large as 2.50 m. These masks were divided into two groups bearing the names Mosolo kombo and Sangaran , each with specific functions. Their design took shape in an esoteric context, at night in the forest. Privileges of initiated men, embodying a spiritual entity, the Baga Sangaran masks attended only circumcision, every 24 years according to the ethnologist Denise ...


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Small baga Nimba mask
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Reduced version of the large shoulder mask it features a classic decoration of upholstery nails highlighting the reliefs of the sculpture. This type of mask wandered on a pole, the porters hidden under raffia fibers or under fabrics. Beautiful patina of use.
Mêlés aux Nalu and Landuman , the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded 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. Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, hybrid snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, with the aim of communicating with the spirits of the forest. The face of the Baga Nimba mask is characterized by a buzzed nose evoking a bird's beak, ...


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Baga Bansonyi Mask
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Naturalistic version decorated with contrasting colorful patterns of the mask depicting a snake emblem of the beliefs baga, nalu and landuma of the coast to the west of Guinea. He was named Bansonyi in the Susu or Soussou de Guinea Bissau. Long hidden from the eyes of strangers, this mask symbolizes a spirit associated with nature to whom it is appropriate to devote a cult in order to benefit from its protection and its favors of fertility and prosperity.
Patine mate abrased, few cracks of desication.
As african serpentiform initiation group used mainly by Bulongic (Kifinda village), subgroup Baga on Guinean coastline, its size can be up to 2.50 m. These masks were divided into two groups bearing the names Mosolo kombo and Sangaran , each with precise functions. Their design ...


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Timba Baga Drum
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The Baga live along the Atlantic coast of the Republic of Guinea in West Africa. They are one of the smallest ethnic groups in Guinea, and have lived relatively isolated from their neighbours because of the vast swamps that surround them. They have, however, left a vast artistic legacy, which includes crests, figurative sculptures, masks, and everyday objects such as musical instruments.
This drum named timba, and matimbo in neighbouring groups, was played during the initiation ceremonies of the members of the association A-Tekan , on the occasion of the funeral of its members or for the wedding of their daughters . It is by its size that this drum differs from the other drums used in the A-Tekan, which requires its user to stand to play the instrument. He also intervened during ...


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Large statue Baga Yombofisa/ Mami Wata
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Baga religious practices and African art.
The cult of Mali Wata, a female genius associated with the sea, spread from Ghana and then throughout West Africa. This type of sculpture, born in the 1930s, is called Yombofisa , Signal or Tiyambo in the Sitem. Yombofisa , according to David Berliner, is distinguished by a braided hairstyle adhering to the skull, like our copy, and a mermaid body. Also known Yobo-fissa among the Baga Forè, it embodies the goddess of beauty and water, protecting fishermen and their villages. Known in the various groups Baga ("Tambaningo" among the Landuma), she also appears in masks during traditional and festive ceremonies. Polychromy, dessication cracks, traces of xylophages. Abraded skate, residual inlays.
Mixed with Nalu and Landuman , Baga live ...

Baga Nimba Little Mask
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Ex-collection french tribal art.
Baga religious practices and African art. Mixed with Nalu and Landuman , Baga live along the coast 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 . Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest. The face of the Baga Nimba mask is characterized by a buzzed nose evoking a bird's beak, an incised hair that divides a ridge. This national symbol can reach up to 50 kg in its largest versions. Real name Demba / D'mba (or Nimba in baga language), it represents the nurturing ...


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Tabouret Baga
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Wide, gently curved seat for this everyday seat supported by four massive feet. The object is devoid of ornamentation. Use skate, cracking and abrasions.
Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded six months a year. These Baga groups, based on the coast and living from rice farming, are made up of seven subgroups, including Baga Kalum, Bulongic, Baga sitem, Baga Mandori, etc. 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. Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest. After the abandonment of ...


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Figure of calao Baga
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French tribal art collection.
The figure of the bird in the African art of Guinea
This African sculpture of the Baga depicts the calao with a similar reduced figure on the back. The statue is decorated with sculpted decorative motifs, painted with a polychromy now extinguished.
Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded 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 , figured by a large cage covered with raffia whose top is a bird's head. Another spirit adopts a form of snake, the bansonyi, leader of the class insiders to-lom. The nimba, the shoulder mask, evokes a fertile woman. Each family ...


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Baga Fertility Statue
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French African art collection.
Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded six months a year. These Baga groups, based on the coast and living from rice farming, are made up of seven subgroups, including Baga Kalum, Bulongic, Baga sitem, Baga Mandori, etc. 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. Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest. After the abandonment of rites following Islamization, colonization, or conversions to Christianity, the Baga now seek to revive their traditions ...


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Baga Nimba Mask
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Baga religious practices and African art
Mixed with Nalu and Landuman , the baga live along the coast slitting the coast 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 . Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest. The face of the Baga Nimba mask, is characterized by a buzzed nose evoking a bird's beak, an incised hair divided by a crest.national symbol, can reach up to 50 kg in its most voluminous versions. Real name Demba / D'mba (or Nimba in baga language), it represents the nurturing ...


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Mamy Wata statue of Guinea
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Mermaid figures in African art


The cult of Mami Wata, a female genius associated with the sea, spread from Ghana and throughout West Africa. This type of sculpture, born in the 1930s, is called Yombofisa, Signal or Tiyambo in the Sitem. Yombofisa, according to David Berliner, is distinguished by a braided hairstyle adhering to the skull, and a mermaid body. Also known Yobo-fissa among the Baga Forè, it embodies the goddess of beauty and water, protecting fishermen and their villages. Known in the various groups Baga ("Tambaningo" among the Landuma), she also appears in masks during traditional and festive ceremonies. Glossy patina, golden brown with khaki highlights. Desication cracks and xylophageal damage. Missing object in one of the hands.
Mixed with Nalu and ...


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Baga Mask
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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 ...


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Figure of calao Baga
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The figure of the bird in the African art of Guinea
Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded 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 , figured by a large cage covered with raffia whose top is a bird's head. Another spirit adopts a form of snake, the bansonyi, head of the class insiders to-lom . The nimba, the shoulder mask, evokes a fertile woman. Each family has, among a variety of consecrated objects, an altar in the form of a composite figure of bird and human, a-tshal or elek , which rises from a circular base. Frequent sacrifices are supposed to reactivate the protective power of the Elek. ...


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Baga Bansonyi Mask
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Serpentiform initiation mask used mainly by Bulongic (Kifinda village), a subgroup Baga of the Guinean coastline, its size can be up to 2.50 m. These masks were divided into two groups bearing the names Mosolo kombo and Sangaran , each with precise functions. Their design took shape in an esoteric context at night in the forest. Privileges of initiated men, embodying a spiritual entity, Baga Sangaran masks only attended circumcision, every 24 years according to ethnologist Denise Paulme. During some dances the mask was placed on the head, held in balance by a bamboo structure and by the arms of the wearer himself covered with a cloth and a raphia loincloth. At baga Koba, the mask was worn on the shoulder, without a suit. In other groups, the mask appeared in different contexts. This ...


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Baga Nimba Mask
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Baga religious practices and African art. Mixed with Nalu and Landuman , Baga live along the coast 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 . Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest. The face of the Baga Nimba mask is characterized by a buzzed nose evoking a bird's beak, an incised hair divided by a crest. This national symbol can reach up to 50 kg in its largest versions. Real name Demba / D'mba (or Nimba in baga language), it represents the nurturing woman, but it also evokes the bird, ...


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Baga sculpted figure
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French African art collection.
Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded six months a year. These Baga groups, based on the coast and living from rice farming, are made up of seven subgroups, including Baga Kalum, Bulongic, Baga sitem, Baga Mandori, etc. 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. Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest. After the abandonment of rites following Islamization, colonization, or conversions to Christianity, the Baga now seek to revive their traditions ...


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