Beautiful stylized NIMBA or DUMBA mask of the BAGA tribe from Guinea-Bissau. Baga had rich traditions of multifunctional masks and sculpture, many of which were suppressed with the advent of Islam. The best known of these is the massive Nimba (or Dumba) mask, with its great cantilevered large nose, a large pair of breasts, crested head supported on the upper part of a female torso. The mask can stand on four legs.
Sterile women in the Simo secret society invoked it as the Mother of Fertility, and it was used at the first-fruit (rice) rituals, symbolically associating female fertility with the increase of the grain. This mask appears at the harvest and threshing of the rice crop, is worn by dancers at birth, marriages and other joyful ceremonies. The mask is decorated with scarifications and brass dots in the face and on the breasts. With some wear and tear. Take a good look at the pictures.Height: 20.5 inch, 52 cm Width: 8.7 inch, 22 cm Depth: 5.9 inch, 15 cm. We welcome all reasonable offers! We appreciate your bussiness and look forward to helping you bring home a piece of history!
The item "African NIMBA Fertility Harvest mask BAGA Guinea, TRIBAL ART PRIMITIF CRAFTS" is in sale since Thursday, September 30, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\African\Masks".The seller is "webrasa" and is located in Tilburg. This item can be shipped worldwide.