TOMA LANDAI MASKS, Guinea

The Toma mask below has been vetted as being authentic with significant signs of use and age.


TOMA
Mask 30
42" high
$1000

 

Despite their appearance, the Toma masks below were probably made to be sold.



TOMA
Mask 20
26" high
$1000  

TOMA
Mask 2

56" high
$800

 TOMA
Mask 6
53" high
$1000

TOMA
Mask 3
23" high
$1000 


TOMA
Mask 4
36" high
$600

TOMA
Mask 9
48" high
$700

TOMA
Mask 10
20.5" high
$400

TOMA
Mask 14
28" high
$400


TOMA
Mask 18
18.5" high
$400

 TOMA
Mask 21
20.5" high
$300


 TOMA
Mask 12
21" high
$300

 TOMA
Mask 25

50" high
$800


TOMA
Mask 29
41.5" high
$800



Photographs © Hamill Gallery

TOMA, LANDAI MASKS, Guinea

These brooding, often quite large, masks represent a forest spirit, Landai. Masks like these were used by the men's Poro Society to initiate boys into manhood. The masks, in what was often a frightening ritual for the boys, would symbolically swallow the boy, who would then re-emerge as a man. The masks were worn with a large raffia costume. Most have a flat face, the traditional beaked nose, jaws of teeth, protruding brow and horns.

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