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Banda Mask Nalu Baga Guinea African Art

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Brand Unbranded
Title Banda Mask Nalu Baga Guinea African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Guinea
People Nalu, Baga
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Second half 20th Century
Height (in) 35
Width (in) 8.5
Depth (in) 5
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 wear, chips and a few cracks

A headpiece and mask were found among the Nalu and Baga. Among the Nalu, this mask is known as Banda. Some Baga call such masks Kumbaruba. Banda masks perform during various events such as the initiation of young boys, during the harvest festivals, on the appearance of the new moon, etc.

Recommended Reading:

D. Paulme, African Sculpture (London, 1962)

D. Paulme: ‘Structures sociales en pays Baga’, Bull. Inst. Fr. Afrique Noire, xviii/1–2 (1956), pp. 98–116

P. Meauzé: African Art (Cleveland, 1968)

D. Paulme: ‘Head (Elek)’, For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection, ed. S. Vogel; (New York,1981), pp. 58–9

D. T. Niane, ‘Nimba: Goddess of Fertility in Baga Land’, Afrique Hist., I (1982), pp. 63–4

F. Lamp, ‘The Art of the Baga: A Preliminary Inquiry’, African Arts, xix/2 (1986), pp. 64–7, 92

F. Lamp, Art of the Baga. (New York,1996)