Photographs © Tim Hamill
BAGA / NALU
BANDA MASK 8
69" high x 15" wide x 25" deep (as photographed, including raffia)
46" high x 11" wide x 9.5" deep (wood mask alone)
Despite its appearance we believe this mask was probably made to be sold.
The base is NOT included. For information on the bases GO TO BAGA NALU BASES PAGE.
Masks like these large, horizontally worn masks, Banda, were used by the nearby and closely related Nalu people. The masks blend features of crocodiles, antelopes, sharks and humans in a very complex, Baroque style. They symbolically guarded households, crops and even entire villages and appear in harvest ceremonies