Baga Initiation Headdress, Guinea


Baga Initiation Headdress, Guinea, 22" height, 7" width, 6" deep, wood. Despite its appearance as a statue, this headdress was worn by dancers to mark the end of a girl's initiation period. The hands on the belly is a gesture of peace as well as an allusion to fertility. Whereas the breast on the great Baga Nimba masks droop to symbolize the fecundity of the field given out by the great mother, here the breast are perky symbolizing the fecund potential of the younger girls being initiated. The long annulated neck and serene face are typical of this type. This piece is rare in that there are no legs, rather a flat base. The dancer would lookout through the small holes under the breasts. Several old cracks in abdomen are stable. Otherwise good condition.

  • Model: AA80
  • Shipping Weight: 5lbs
  • 1 Units in Stock

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 27 January, 2014.

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