Fine Poro 'Angbai' mask. Toma, Guinea
This 'angbai' mask was used during initiation ceremonies of the Poro society. Angbai mask depict incarnations of the spirit, Afwi, a forest sprit that embodies the power of Poro.
The mask has a wonderful abstract form, surmounted with four curved horns above a flat oval shaped face. The simplistic void surface of the face combined with the curved horns are the striking characteristic's of this mask.
The back has an encrusted worn surface where once organic material would have been attached.
Ex Private Collection, France
Estimated Period: 1950's (Or Before)
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