- Hi The patina doesn t look vary old; the crisp edges of the details suggest that it hasn t been handled very much. Also, the treatment of the eyes is unlikeMessage 1 of 5 , Nov 7, 2010View SourceHi
The patina doesn't look vary old; the crisp edges of the details suggest that it hasn't been handled very much. Also, the treatment of the eyes is unlike any I've seen on Nimba masks. For these reasons, I doubt that it's something made for and/or used in a Baga community.
The workmanship looks excellent. It is a very nice decorative item; my advice is to enjoy it as such and don't worry about the age.
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "sigal4interiordesign" <sigals@...> wrote:
> I recently got this Baga Nimba Mask. Does anyone know how old it is? To view the pictures please go to albums under the title- Baga Nimba Mask:
> Thank you!!!
- I would have said it was rather recent...Message 2 of 5 , Nov 7, 2010View SourceI would have said it was rather recent...
- I agree that the presented example does not show any notable signs of age. It is darkly finished in a manner suggestive of intent to reinforce clean,Message 3 of 5 , Nov 8, 2010View SourceI agree that the presented example does not show any notable signs of age. It is darkly finished in a manner suggestive of intent to reinforce clean, decorative lines that prioritize formal closure and containment rather than the dynamic expressiveness of older, ritual examples (although according to Lamp, earliest descriptions indicate that turn-of-the-century examples were described as blackened). Generally speaking, the form seems to remain trapped in the block of wood from which it was carved -- most notably in the hard square jaw (the absence of pointed elongation of the chin) and the square, perfunctory forming of the breasts (rather than more "natural" rounding) that is observable in comparative examples -- and does not achieve the lively personality that characterizes more finely rendered examples.Some resources for further exploration of the Baga D'mba (or nimba) include the relevant research of Frederick Lamp:Lamp, Frederick, Art of the Baga: A Drama of Cultural Reinvention. (New York: Museum for African Art and Prestel Verlag. 1996). [esp. pp. 155-163]Lamp, Frederick, ed., See the Music, Hear the Dance: Rethinking African Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art. New York: Prestel, 2004. pp. 222-225.Also, the images below -- which should function as links to their indicated on-line sources -- will provide good comparative examples:Dallas Museum of Art (left) and Metropolitan Museum of Art (right):Art Institute of Chicago:Musée du quai Branly:LeeOn Nov 6, 2010, at 1:57 PM, sigal4interiordesign wrote:
I recently got this Baga Nimba Mask. Does anyone know how old it is? To view the pictures please go to albums under the title- Baga Nimba Mask: