BAGA SIBONDEL HEADDRESSES, Guinea

Despite their appearance, these objects show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.


 

   BAGA, Sibondel Headdress 2
50" high x 27"long x 19" deep, $1500

 

    BAGA, Sibondel Headdress 3
43"high x 26"long x 21" deep, $1500


The Baga Sibondel headdress below has been sold and is left here for educational and research purposes.

 

  BAGA, Sibondel Headdress 1
22"high x 48"long x 21.5" deep, SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAGA, SIBONDEL HEADDRESSES, Guinea


These large rectangular headdresses are danced principally at marriages. Featuring the head of a hare whose body takes the form of a box, the headdress is actually a sort of miniature stage. On top, there is an ensemble of figures, human and animal, which perform a play. The stage, the figures and the hare's head are painted in brilliant colors. Before being sent into the dance, the entire surface is rubbed with palm oil to make it glisten.

Numbers 2 and 3, retaining more of the original supporting structure, are mounted on metal bases.


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