BAGA/NALU BANDA MASK 11 , Guinea

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAGA / NALU
BANDA MASK 11
24.5" high x 7.5" wide x 5.5" deep
$300

Despite its appearance we believe this mask was probably made to be sold. Note the size: It is much smaller than Nalu masks 1-9.

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.

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