TOMA LANDAI MASKS ARCHIVES, Guinea

The masks below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

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TOMA
Mask 28
20" high
SOLD

TOMA
Mask 27
15.5" high
SOLD

 TOMA
Mask11
17.5" high
SOLD

 

TOMA
Mask 13
28" high
SOLD


TOMA
Mask 1
SOLD

 TOMA
Mask 23
SOLD
 

TOMA
Mask 8
SOLD
  

 

TOMA
Mask 15
SOLD

TOMA
Mask 16
SOLD

 TOMA
Mask 17
SOLD

TOMA
Mask 19
SOLD
 

TOMA
Mask 24
,SOLD
 

 TOMA
Mask 5

SOLD

TOMA
Mask 7

SOLD

TOMA
Mask 22

SOLD

TOMA
Mask 26

SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

TOMA, LANDAI MASKS, Guinea

These brooding, often quite large, masks represent a forest spirit, Landai. They 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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