Baga (Bagga), Guinea
Ceremonial bowl with Nimba
images . The various peoples known as
Baga and numbering some 65,000 occupy a narrow stretch of marshy lowland along the
Atlantic lagoons of the Republic of Guinea. Spiritually they believe in a single god who
is assisted by a male and a female spirit. They grow rice in the marshy area flooded six
months of the year, during which time the only way to get around is by a dugout canoe. The
men also fish and grow cola nuts. The bowl is decorated with Nimba (Dmba) images.
The Nimba represents the very essence of Baga dignity and culture. It is the illustration
of the concept of female fecundity, guarantor of the future and carrier of the cultural
value. The bowls of this type were used in
marriage ceremonies and as a shrine piece.
H. 42, W. 15, D. 15