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Baga Snake Bansonyi Sculpture Guinea African Art 65 Inch

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Title Baga Snake Bansonyi Sculpture Guinea African Art 65 Inch
Type of Object Carving, statue, figure
Country of Origin Guinea
People Baga
Materials Wood, Pigment., Paint
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 65 inches H. x 14 inches x 12 inches
Overall Condition Good. 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 in places, chips and scratches, damage in wood, painting worn away in places

A large Baga snake, Bansonyi, A-mantsho-na-tshol 

Additional Information: This is a Baga protective serpent, known in the literature under various names: Bansonyi, A-mantsho-na-tshol or Inap. The serpent here represented is said to be similar to the ferocious python which spirit called Ninkinanka is involved in curing infertility and droughts, bringing prosperity, wealth, and rain. During the initiation of young boys, the serpent mask is involved in protecting boys at circumcision. In some sub-groups of Baga people, it appears during the initiation of young girls. It also appears at funerals.  This sculpture was worn on the top of the head, with a headdress to hold it fitting around the shoulders. This is a very good example of Baga snake headdress showing some age. It would hold a prominent place in a collection.

See a similar example in Phillips' AFRICA: THE ART OF A CONTINENT on p. 476; See also a similar example in the collection of Cleveland Museum of Art published in the catalogue SOUTH OF THE SAHARA. SELECTION WORKS OF AFRICAN ART. THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART (by Constantine Petridis), fig. 12; ART OF THE BAGA (by Frederick Lamp), fig, 37a-b, p. 53