Baga Temple Figure (A-Tshol)
The Iran Baga Altar is an Anok (Bird Mask and Stand) of the Baga people of Guinea. The mask features a long, pointed bird's beak, carved carvings, with human features. There are also triangular holes at the base of the head. There is a support, on which the mask is placed for display, a circular base called an ajouré, and the head is removable.
This figure is shown during the harvest festival period and people dance in its honor.
After invoking the ancestors, the patriarch offers them, through this sacred object, grains of new rice.
The Baga Altar plays an important role during trials, as it dictates God's will, after the diviner has been questioned; and also at the funerals of the eldest in the family.
The sculpture was used at harvest time, in funeral rites and also by members of the Simo society. Every family has one, representing the lineage of which it is the protector.
It is made of carved and carved wood.
Length : 109 cm
Height : 48 cm
Width : 17 cm
Weight : 5.25 kg