Vintage Baga Snake on Metal Stand

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  • $320


This serpentine sculpture has a rich history of being used as protection, and will be a wonderful addition to your living space.

The serpent Baga (Baga Snake), Kalimbe, or Bansonyi, refers to a protective spirit manifested in the form of a snake that presides over male initiation ceremonies among the Baga culture in Guinea, West Africa. Typically, during the days preceding the initiation ceremonies, two carved Bansonyies appear in the village and are decorated with streamers and colorful banners. The two sculptures are then supported by scaffolding and carried by several men hidden under palm leaves and cloth.

Excellent condition!

Dimensions: 31.5"x5.25"x3.5"

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