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Toma Angbai Mask

$1,180

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Attributed to the Toma people of present-day Guinea and Liberia, this wooden mask is carved in the style of the Angbai mask, used by the Poro initiation society to depict the forest spirit Landai. Fearsome masks that are sometimes over five feet long, Angbai masks are donned by Poro elders during a rite when young initiates are "devoured" by the spirit Landai, to be reborn as men. Minimally designed to convey strength and authority, Angbai masks typically lack pronounced facial features, except for a sharp brow and nose. The forehead is etched with decorative motifs and topped by short horns. Textured by a dark patina, this oblong mask is a fantastic work of abstract sculpture and commands its surroundings with a stoic gaze.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 10.75 in. (27.31 cm)Width: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)Depth: 3.75 in. (9.53 cm)
  • Style
    Tribal (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
    Guinea
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Mid-20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CAA03861stDibs: LU820023120422

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    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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