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Baga Bird Mask Plank Guinea African Art

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Title Baga Bird Mask Plank Guinea African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Guinea
People Baga
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 27 Inches
Width: 17 Inches
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair Arrested bug damage, Cracked bottom

Additional Description:  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. 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. Baga art traditions have developed over a long period of time and continue today despite religious conflicts with the numerous conversions to Islam and resulting pressures upon traditional figurative sculpture.

Recommended Reading:

Lamp, F. Art of the Baga. A Drama of Cultural Reinvention The Museum for African Art. Prestel, 1996.