Baga Snake Bansonyi Sculpture Guinea African Art 72 Inch (6’4). This is a Baga protective serpent, known in the literature under various names: Bansonyi, A-mantsho-na-tshol or Inap. The serpent here represented is said to be similar to the ferocious python which spirit called Ninkinanka is involved in curing infertility and droughts, bringing prosperity, wealth, and rain. During the initiation of young boys, the serpent mask is involved in protecting boys at circumcision. In some sub-groups of Baga people, it appears during the initiation of young girls. This piece has spent decades on another continent, and has been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. There is a metal rod at the bottom. It was probably on a free standing base at one time in the past. The item “Baga Snake Bansonyi Hand Carved Sculpture Guinea African Art 72 Inch” is in sale since Wednesday, August 18, 2021. This item is in the category “Antiques\Ethnographic\African\Sculptures & Statues”. The seller is “alexalexb” and is located in Mission, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Color: Baga Snake Bansonyi Sculpture Guinea African Art 59 Inch
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Material: Wood, Pigment., Paint
- Tribe: Baga
- Maker: Baga Artisan – Africa