9788874398201-8874398204-Baga: Visions of Africa Series

Baga: Visions of Africa Series

ISBN-13: 9788874398201
ISBN-10: 8874398204
Author: Curtis, Marie Yvonne
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: 5 Continents Editions Srl
Format: Paperback 148 pages
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ISBN-13: 9788874398201
ISBN-10: 8874398204
Author: Curtis, Marie Yvonne
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: 5 Continents Editions Srl
Format: Paperback 148 pages

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Acknowledged authors Curtis, Marie Yvonne wrote Baga: Visions of Africa Series comprising 148 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 8874398204 and 9788874398201. Since then Baga: Visions of Africa Series textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The Baga, along with the Nalu and the Landuma, are a small rice-growing community living along the coast of Guinea, in West Africa. They became famous following the discovery of their extraordinary sculptures by explorers, colonial administrators, ethnologists, collectors, and art dealers towards the end of the nineteenth century. Nowadays, the art of the Baga is admired in the public and private collections of northern European countries.


Their works consist mainly of different types of wooden masks and statues of various sizes, as well as wonderful percussion instruments, chiefs' seats, and other skillfully carved utilitarian objects. All these sacred objects were once created and used as important features in their ritual behavior based on the manifestation of their divinities, ancestor worship, rites of passage, secret brotherhoods, and the performance of important social ceremonies like weddings, funerals, and harvesting.


But more recently they have also included entirely new sculpted works created by talented, highly skilled craftsmen who were influenced by colonization and newly introduced religions, while at the same time finding inspiration in traditional myths and legends. Fascinating examples of this eclecticism are the figures of colonists depicted standing, on horseback, or riding birds, the many different kinds of female busts representing Mami Wata, the sea goddess, winged figures, bestiaries associated with tales and legends, and the personifications of the heroic founders of their villages.


To this day, the young men of the Baga continue to make certain commemorative and emblematic objects, such as the large D'mba mask, and still produce sculptures connected with their history and culture. All these artefacts have their place in the dances and events that play such an important part in village life and in relations between villages and beyond.

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