Superb solid kingwood Baga Nimba shoulder mask. Nimba masks represents the idea of the fertile woman. The exaggerated, pendulous breasts are typical for these masks, which had a double function. Sterile women in the Simo society invoked it as a goddess of fertility, and it was used at the first-fruit (rice) rituals, symbolically associating female fertility with an increase in the grain harvest. The masks are used by dancers at birth, marriages, harvest festivals, and other joyful ceremonies.
Dimensions: 8" L x 6" W x 17" H