TOMA POST 4, Guinea

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

TOMA, POST 4, 75.5", $900, Guinea, SOLD

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.

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