D'mba headdress - ROM2004_946_3


D'mba headdress

Maker: Baga
Medium:Carved wood
Geography: Guinea
Date: 19th-early 20th century
Height 124.5 cm
Object number: 957.224
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionAmong the Baga people of the Guinea coast, the colossal wooden headdress known as D’mba celebrates the fundamental role of women in society. Unlike other masquerades that embody spiritual beings, D’mba is understood more as an “idea.” She is honoured as the universal mother and is the vision of woman at the zenith of her power, beauty and capacity to influence the life of individuals and the community. Although D'mba is not a spiritual being in the Baga sense of the term, nor is she a deity, she is a being of undeniable spiritual power.
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