BAGA PROTECTIVE SERPENTS, Guinea

In spite of their appearance, these serpent figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.


Baga
Snake 8
49" high
$900

Baga
Snake 35
58" high
$2000

Baga
Snake 61
62" high
$1000


 

Baga
Snake 7

46" high
$900

 

Baga
Snake 10

39" high
$900

Baga
Snake 19

78" high
$1000 


Baga
Snake 11

49" high
$900

Baga
Snake 13

47" high
$800 

Baga
Snake 15

46" high
$900

 

Baga
Snake 32
56" high
$1200

 

 Baga
Snake 38
68" high
$1200

 

 Baga
Snake 40
79" high
$1500

 Baga
Snake 51
85" high
$1500

Baga
Snake 54
81" high
$2000

 

Baga
Snake 31
78" high
$2000


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAGA, PROTECTIVE SERPENTS, Guinea

The serpent, Kakilambe, is a protective spirit that presides over young men's initiation camps. It appears in the village on ritual days and to announce the return of the boys as men. Most versions, even the very large ones, were worn as headdresses (see image below).

We recommmend Art of The Baga: A Drama of Cultural Reinvention by Frederick Lamp (Museum for African Art/Prestel)



Baga Nimba, Baga Serpent and Baga/Nalu Banda headdresses
at Art Institute of Chicago.


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