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Toma Bakrogui Mask
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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.
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 ...


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Toma Landaï mask
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Ex-collection French African art.
Bush spirits and african masks of Poro rites From the appearance of the Landai African mask, the initiates went to the forest to stay for a month during which they would be taught. At the end of this journey, they will be subjected to a "ritual devouring" followed by a "symbolic rebirth". This heavy mask board with horns has a rectangular front volume surmounting a flat face on which tiny holes form the eyes and mouth. Its surface is embellished with engraved patterns and has a whitish coating that has extinguished the underlying red ocher. The Toma of Guinea, called Loma in Liberia, live in the forest, at altitude. They are famous for their Landaï masks-planks intended to animate the initiatory rites of the poro association which structures their ...


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Toma/Loma Bakrogui  Mask
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Ex-collection French African art.

The Toma of Guinea, called Loma in Liberia, live in the forest, at altitude, they are famous for their masks-landais boards intended to animate the initiatory rites of the association poro, and The feminine bundu society uses rare statuettes of the same name for apotropaic and divinatory purposes, but there are less bulky masks derived from Sudanese art, such as bakrogui. , which occurs in pairs. Only members of the Poro can contemplate. On the type of masks-planks shallow, this heavy copy, facies endorsement, has two horns at the top framing a triangular appendix. Ornamental friezes are noted with white and blue pigments, nails mark the brow line, and a raffia weave forms a thin band. Globular eyelids, two orifices for vision. Mirrors, also ...


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