This unusual piece is a stone rendering of the
Baga tribe's most famous mask: the Nimba.
These imposing masks are up to three or four
feet high, and are worn over the dancer's
features - resting on his shoulders - with a raffia
fringe that conceals him down to chest height.
Despite the weight, he will then carry out an
energetic dance that is designed to honour
female ancestors and usher in fertility, both
figuratively and for increased rice crop yields.