Small Baga Nimba Mask-64.5/16.7 CM. Baga religious practices and African art. Mingled 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. They believe in a creator god called Nagu, Naku, whom they do not represent, and who is accompanied by a male spirit one of whose names is Somtup. Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they created a powerful mask, hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, with the aim of communicating with the spirits of the forest.The physiognomy of the Baga Nimba mask is characterized by a hooked nose evoking a bird's beak, incised hair divided by a crest. This national symbol can reach up to 50 kg in its largest versions. From his real name Demba / D'mba (or Nimbain the Baga language), it represents the nurturing woman, but it also evokes the bird, more particularly the fertility of the hornbill thanks to its beak-shaped nose. Supposed to increase harvests, encourage pregnancies, it is exhibited during various ceremonies, festivals and funerals, and its use continues today during important festivities. The wearer of the mask is wrapped in raffia and leads a rhythmic dance to the rhythm of drums. An original patina covers the item. Vintage Hand Carved Wooden decor Mask A Fine Dan Mask- 1880.
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