TOMA POST 2, Guinea



           

Photographs © Tim Hamill

TOMA
POST 2
16.5" high
$400, Guinea

These posts relate to the brooding, often quite large, masks of the Toma, representing a forest spirit, Landai. They were used by the men's Poro Society to initiate boys into manhood. Like the masks most of the posts have a flat face, the traditional beaked nose, protruding brow and horns.

Despite its appearance and patina, this object shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.

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