Nimba Baga Mask


Artwork explanation

This spectacular statue comes in very large dimensions which in its greatest dimensions can measure about 50 kilograms.

Originally, it is called “Damba” (“Nimba” in Baga’s language). It represents a female in a period of breastfeeding because of the breasts and also of its very big nose; it is a symbol of the fertility like the bird “Calao”.

It seems that they use the statue for farm productivity, human fertility and also in different ceremonies.

In ceremonies, the dancer wears a garment of long stitches which covers the shoulders and the mask is on his shoulders by the help of stands. The mask has got a big head with a long and slender neck. The curved nose, which protrudes above the head, gives an arrogant face to the mask.

The linear scarification on the mask ends at the end of the face from the ear cavity to the forehead and nose. The eyes are prominent and niche, and the mouth is small and tubular, and it is subtly the mating symbol. There is a pair of crochet from the head to the back of the neck, or prominent nails are designed for a head-to-back haircut.

The upper part of the mask has two breasts which are designed by metal as a symbol of scarification. The mask is placed on four legs.


Exhibition history

CAMA Gallery | Cote dIvoires Peoples | Exhibition | Cote d Ivoire

Tehran Gallery

Cote d Ivoire

solo exhibition, 07 December - 27 December


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Nimba Baga Mask - 1900

Carving on wood 205 x 60 x 80 cm CoA no. 1812041655413

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