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Attractive Toma Mask with Horns 15.5″- Guinea – African Art

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This mask was carved in the style of the Toma people of Guinea. The mask features a mouthless face with two protruding horns from the top and interesting markings carved throughout the forehead and underneath the nose. It measures 15.5 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. There is some damage to the back of the mask – please see photos. Stand not included.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Guinea

Ethnicity

Toma, Thoma

Material

pigment, wood

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

15.5"

Width (Inches)

9.5"

Depth (Inches)

5''

Weight (Pounds)

1.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Damage to the back of the mask

Tribe Information

About the Toma People

“The Toma people of Guinea (known as Loma in Liberia) number 200,000 and live in the high-altitude rain forest lying across the Guinea-Liberia border. Artistically, their reputation rests on their Landai mask which has an articulated crocodile jaw and a flattened, stylized human face. This mask symbolically devours Poro society candidates at the end of their initiation period, after which they are revived as full members of this sodality. Some rare figures exist which are kept within each household.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.