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Unique Toma Mask with Animal Horns 31″ w/ Custom Stand – Guinea

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This Toma mask features a face with fabric covering the forehead, decorated with cowrie shells. Protruding from the fabric is some sort of animal skin and animal horns. The mask comes with a permanent custom stand.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Guinea

Ethnicity

Toma, Thoma

Material

Wood, pigment, leather, fabric, cowrie shells, animal horns

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

31" mask, 37" on permanent stand

Width (Inches)

12.5"

Depth (Inches)

7”

Weight (Pounds)

19.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Imperfections and wear and tear. See photos or inquire for more information.

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.