“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.
Art from this Tribe
Tattered Female Toma Statue 30″ – Guinea – African Art
Toma/Bassa Female Statue 28″ – Guinea/Liberia – African Art
Classic Toma Landai Mask 39″ – Guinea – African Art
Interesting Toma Style African Mask 17″- Guinea$225.00 View More