This Toma Landai mask has a whimsical look about it. This mask would make a great statement piece in any home. The mask can easily be displayed on a wall but we offer custom stands for floor or table display. Contact us for more information.
Whimsical Toma Landai Mask 40″ – Guinea – African Art
1 in stock
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Wood, pigment, leather & nails
Wear and tear. Possible missing piece from top of head. Inquire for more details.
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.