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Nimba: Baga Art and the Great Mother

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

3 Dec 2019 - 1 Dec 2020

The Baga people, who inhabit the coastline of Guinea-Conakry, are known for their large-scale, wooden sculptures – particularly their nimba masks representing femininity and fertility. This exhibition includes 11 examples that are being shown in public for the first time in 60 years, having been hidden in a sacred forest during the Sékou Touré regime; this exhibition aims to highlight the works’ spiritual and cultural as well as aesthetic significance. Find out more from the Israel Museum’s website.

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A-tekan Woman's society maternity figure with child (c. 1930)

A-tekan maternity figure with child (c. 1930), Baga people. Photo: Dorian Gottlieb

Shrine sculpture representing the bird Ano (late 19th- early 20th century).

Shrine sculpture representing the bird Ano (late 19th–early 20th century), Baga people. Photo: Dorian Gottlieb

Banda mask (c. 1955), Baga/Nalu people.

Banda mask (c. 1955), Baga/Nalu people. Photo: Dorian Gottlieb

Banda mask (c. 1955), Baga/Nalu people.

Banda mask (c. 1955), Baga/Nalu people. Photo: Dorian Gottlieb

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