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Hand-Carved Toma Style Mask 21″- Guinea – African Art

$350.00 $280.00

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This hand carved mask was created in the style of the Toma people of Guinea. The mask has two horns on top, conical eyes and scarification marks on it’s forehead. The mask measures 21 inches tall  and weighs 3 pounds. There are some cracking, chipping and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos. The stand is not included but can be purchased for an additional fee.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Guinea

Ethnicity

Toma, Thoma

Material

Wood and pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

21"

Width (Inches)

9"

Depth (Inches)

4"

Weight (Pounds)

3 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

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.

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