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Baga Nimba D'mba Shoulder Headdress Miniature African Art

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Title Baga Nimba D'mba Shoulder Headdress Miniature African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Guinea
People Baga
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th Century.
Dimensions Height: 16 Inches
Width: 4.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina

Additional Information:

The Nimba masks, often monumental works carried on the shoulders, rank among the largest of all ritual objects in West Africa. Their use, as hinted at above, is rather ubiquitous. They are used at funerals, harvest festivals, and at initiations. Normally these "masks" have four legs or posts (for placement on the shoulders), The carving would then be provided with a colorful and elaborate costume prior to use.

The Baga people, a small group of 45,000, live along the coast of Guinea. The Baga moved to their current location as early as the 14thC. Their art is often quite abstract and spectacular, and is eagerly sought by collectors and revolves around nature, the harvest and the veneration of feminine beauty. All of these vital social and spiritually important elements are combined in the D'mba, or "Nimba." Prescott has said:" Nimba is the joy of living; it is the promise of abundant harvest in the entire Bagata."

For comparative examples see Lamp's ART OF THE BAGA.

Recommended Reading: Kerchache's ART OF AFRICA;