This Toma mask was beautifully carved and designed with zoomorphic features and embellished with glass, fabric and shells. The mask comes with the custom stand shown in the photos. The fabric is deteriorating and there is scuffing and general wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully.
Zoomorphic Toma Mask 21″ on Custom Stand – Guinea – African Art
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Wood, pigment, fabric, glass, cowrie shells
21" mask, 26" on stand
4.5 lbs mask, 12 lbs including stand
Fabric deterioration. Scuffing and general wear and tear.
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.