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Baga Nimba Seated Maternity Guinea African Art 29 Inch

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Title Baga Nimba Seated Maternity Guinea African Art 29 Inch
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Guinea
People Baga
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 29 Inches
Width: 11 Inches
Depth: 14 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair Encrustation, cracks, repaired cracks, chipped feet


Provenance:  From the collection of Howard Gelb, St. Paul, MN collector of African Art, who was also a businessman, lawyer, and philanthropist. Mr. Gelb died in 2015, at the age of 96.


Additional Information:  A wonderful Baga mother nursing one child with another on her back.
The Baga people are a small West African ethnic group living in a coastal area of swamps and inland waterways in Guinea bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Though numbering only about 35-45,000, the Baga are well known for their art and sculpture. The term Baga identifies not only a people or an area but also equally identifies shared cultural traditions and art forms with neighboring Nalu and Landuma and the dominant Susu people. This standing female figure could have been used during ceremonies of a ritual organization primarily for women known as Menda. Her interesting stance with prominent breasts, protruding naval and conspicuous abdomen emphasize her womanhood. Lamp identifies a small figure used in the Menda ceremonies as “children of Zigiren-Wonde.” (Lamp 1996: Ill. 112, p. 131) The figure shows a typical Baga hairstyle seen on the large D’amba sculptured masks and strong facial features seen on other ritual figures and drums. Sculpture from the Baga people along the Atlantic seaboard has been known and documented for an extended period of time as early as the middle of the nineteenth century. The traditions continue despite religious conflicts and Islamic Jihad activities that strove to eliminate sculptures from Baga culture. Suffice to say art forms are again making their appearance among the Baga. . F. Lamp, Art of the Baga. (New York,1996)