Landai Mask - Toma People, Guinea/Liberia, Macenta Region - CGM38
Landai Mask - Toma People, Guinea/Liberia, Macenta Region - CGM38
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Landai Mask - Toma People, Guinea/Liberia, Macenta Region - CGM38

$7,500.00
The Toma also go by the name Loma, and this Landai mask is also sometimes refered to as Dandai. or Angbai, but were used during ceremonies of the poro society.
This mask manifests the creator deity Afwi, and is a consort to the fiercest of the masks, Landai. This mask must have been an awesome sight for the young initiates when it emerged from the forest brandishing a weapon. The mask symbolically devours the young boys at the beginning of their training in the Poro initiation school, and leaves the marks of his teeth on their bodies (in the form of scarification...)
Usually surmounted by symmetrical horns, this mask we have is unusual, in that it has a female coiffure carved at the top of the mask ( such as those displayed at the Musee de l'Homme in Paris, and the Metropolitan Musem of Art in New York, where it replaces the horns). Authenticated by William Siegmann
Ex. Scott Rodolitz, and Ex. Christopher McConnell Collection.
Height: 21
Width: 10 ⅞
Depth: 6
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