Standing Male Figure
Circa 19th Century
Baga, Guinea, West Africa
A standing male figure carved of wood with an elongated head, medial crest, scarification and C-shaped ears. The heavily-lidded eyes flank an elongated nose. The arms extend to support the pointed chin. The abdomen is bulbous with a convex navel. The male genitalia is exposed; the truncated legs stem from a rectangular supporting base.
This figure is reminiscent of Nimba (the Baga goddess of motherhood) and may serve as her male counterpart in the powerful Simo society.
Nimba, Baga, Guinea, West Africa, African art, African sculpture, African artifacts