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Cimier anthropo-zoomorphe "banda" ou "kumbaruba"

Guinée, Nalu / Baga

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Private Collection, Oslo, Norway L: 124 cm 2500 EUR
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wood, colour pigments, missing part, rest.

This type of headdress was used by both the Nalu and the culturally close Baga. It was called "banda" by the Nalu and "kumbaruba" by some Baga groups.

The mask type is a complex composite of human and animal forms.

Historical documentation suggests that "banda" originally carried an extremely sacred significance. It seems that "banda" represented a high and powerful spiritual being who appeared in times of danger to protect people.

Today, "banda" is danced only for entertainment. The large and heavy headdresses are carried horizontally on the head by young men. The strictly defined choreography culminates in dizzying turns, which demands a lot of strength and body control from the dancers.