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Baga Snake Mask (Ghana)

Original price $820.00 - Original price $820.00
Original price
$820.00 - $820.00
Current price $820.00
H: 200cm x W: 30cm

Originated from Ghana, this mask is linked to the python myth. These 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.