Toma Landai masks were created to represent a forest spirit, Landai. This mask was carved aesthetically in the traditional style. It measures 39 inches tall and weighs 10 pounds. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos. Stand not included.
Classic Toma Landai Mask 39″ – Guinea – African Art
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Wood, pigment, metal and feathers
Some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos
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.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.