Wooden African Baga Nimba Statue NR

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 14,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction

Wooden African Baga Nimba Statue NR Condition: "Nimba is the joy of living; it is the promise of abundant harvest"

The most important of the Baga art forms is the great mask, D'mba 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.

The Baga Nimba, or D'mba, represents the abstraction of an ideal of the female role in society. The Nimba is essentially viewed as the vision of woman at her zenith of power, beauty, and affective presence; rather than a goddess or spirit. The typical Nimba form illustrates a woman that has been fertile, given birth to several children, and nurtured them to adulthood.

Dimensions (Approx): Length: 16 Inches Width: 10 Inches Height: 37 Inches Front legs of statue are broken, but can be mended with glue. As with all liquidation products this is sold 'as is' and what you see in the photo is what you are bidding on.
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