Baga Snake Mask (Ghana)

Baga Snake Mask (Ghana)

Baga Snake Mask (Ghana)


Originated from Ghana, this mask is linked to the python myth, this tall, colourful serpents are headdresses called Bansonyi. When used, they tower above a light framework that is carried on the head or shoulders of a dancer. The dancer is hidden beneath a shaggy raffia costume, which resembles a haystack. The dancer moves rapidly whilst shouting, shaking and twirling the structure. Two or three serpents sometimes engage in mock combat, representing village lineages.

The snake represents A-Mant-nga-Tshol (the master of medicine); the source of rivers; and the beginning and end of time.

Created by coup