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Metal Decorated Baga Nimba Statue 27″ – Guinea – African Art

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This Baga statue is known as a Nimba or D’mba. It was carved in the shape of a typical Baga shoulder mask, though this one was meant for decorative purposes, not use. She was decorated with metal plating and studs on her face. The statue measures 27 inches tall and weighs 16.5 pounds. There is some cracking scuffing and general wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

Guinea

Ethnicity

Baga

Material

Wood, pigment and metal

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

27"

Width (Inches)

8”

Depth (Inches)

10”

Weight (Pounds)

16.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

Tribe Information

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.

Additional Information

About the Nimba or D’mba Figure

D’mba figures will usually come in a male and female pairing. These figures would be placed in a shrine to ensure agricultural and human fertility where offerings would be made. D’mba figures are often shown in a prayer like posture. D’mba masks and figures are often danced during special ceremonies and celebrations.