|Title||Baga Torso of Female Tiyambo Guinea African Art 28 Inch|
|Country of Origin||Guinea|
|Approximate Age||Mid 20th Century|
|Dimensions||28.25 inches H x 2 inches W|
|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||cracks, scratches, wear, old bug damage|
Additional Information: The Baga are a small West African ethnic group living in a coastal area of swamps and inland waterways in Guinea bordering the Atlantic Ocean. 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. As part of a ceremonial appearance the figure known as Tiyambo danced alone or often appeared with a number of other headpieces during ceremonies or simply as public entertainment or a mixture of both. A complex history and symbolic description attends Tiyambo as she dances with a skirt at their waist that extends to a costume that fully covers the dancer. She fits into a framework that is worn on the male dancer’s head. They are accompanied by young men dancing and women singing when she appears. Lamp illustrates and discusses Tiyambo in some detail in his superb book “Art of the Baga”. Lamp notes that her red color is prominent when she appears at night by the light of torches. See similar figures, perhaps from the same village or by the same artist in Lamp 1996:255. Sculpture and masks from the various people along the Atlantic seaboard have been known and documented for an extended period of time from the earliest European visitors in the 16th Century. The sculptural traditions continue despite religious conflicts over the last 30 years with various sects of Islam. In a number of instances traditional practices have reemerged recently. The surface of the figure and condition of the base show some age and use and may reflect the resurgence of the appearance of Tiyambo headpiece.
Recommended Reading: Lamp's ART OF THE BAGA