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Toma Landai Mask Guinea African 27 Inch

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Title Toma Landai Mask Guinea African 27 Inch
Country of Origin Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone
People Toma
Materials Wood, cotton cloth, unknown material inside.
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 27.5 Inches
Width: 11.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Chips, cracks.

Additional Information:  Dense, heavy wood with cotton cloth covering "magic materials".

This mask is used at the initiation ceremony of boys, where it symbolically devours Poro Society candidates at the end of their initiation, after which they are revived and become full members of the society.

The Toma are a small group (200,000 people) found in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Most of their ceremonies revolve around the secret Poro society. A rounded forehead cut away sharply just above the eyes is a trademark of their masks.

Recommended Reading:

See Kerchache et al's "ART OF AFRICA and the CD "ART AND LIFE IN AFRICA" for more information.