BAGA NIMBA MASKS ARCHIVES, Guinea

Our Nimba masks show little evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

The Nimba masks below have been sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.

For UNSOLD Nimba masks, GO TO BAGA NIMBA MASKS PAGE


              

Baga Nimba 5, 41" high, SOLD

                   

Baga Nimba 13, 34.5" high, SOLD

                      

Baga Nimba 11, 39" high, SOLD

             

Baga Nimba 10, 36" high, SOLD

Baga Nimba 16, 20" high, SOLD

                        

Baga Nimba 8
49" high, SOLD

                   

Baga Nimba 12
44.5" high, SOLD

 

Baga Nimba 1, 53" SOLD

 

Baga Nimba 2, 60" SOLD

Baga Nimba 3, SOLD

 

Baga Nimba 4, $2500, SOLD

 

Baga Nimba 6, 32" $1500, SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

The most important of the Baga art forms is the great mask, or Nimba. It represents the mother of fertility, protector of pregnant women, and presides over all agricultural ceremonies. The dancer, wearing a full raffia costume, carries the mask on his shoulders, looking out through holes between the breasts. In use, such masks rise more than eight feet above the ground; they often weigh more than eighty pounds. Most show a standardized pattern of facial scarification.

We recommmend Art of The Baga: A Drama of Cultural Reinvention by Frederick Lamp (Museum for African Art/Prestel).

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