Hand carved wooden headdress sculpture on a custom base created by the Baga people of Guinea. This beautiful, one of a kind work of art is very large and incredibly detailed. The extended beak measures 67″ in length.
Baga A-Tshol African Headdress Sculpture 67″ – Guinea
1 in stock
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Figure, statue, Headdress
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Some minor cracking and chipping.
About the Baga People
The Baga people live amid the southern swampy lands of the Guinea Atlantic coastline. According to oral tradition, they originally lived along the interior highlands but were driven westward by their neighbors. The name ‘Baga’ is believed to have come from the phrase ‘bae raka’, meaning “people of the seaside”.
Read more about the Baga here.
About the a-Tshol
a-Tshol (loosely translated to medicine) is one of the most revered shrine figures, dedicated to the protection of a family. The long beak is that of a bird which the Baga believe can fly between heaven and earth. Antelope horns can be filled with medicine, then placed in the a-Tshol. On important occasions, these figures could be worn on the head and danced by a male family member.