Dimensions: 14" Wide x 21" Deep x 44" Tall ( VERY LARGE)
Origin: Southern Region of Guinea
Age: Late 20th Century
Condition: Used and in Excellent Condition
Material: Hardwood & Ornamental Metal Finish
Finish Tone: Dark Espresso / Walnut Patina
Carved to represent the dignifying shape of a woman role model & mother, this spectacular sculpture is named “Nimba” or “D’mba” in origin Guinea Bissau. The mask is sculpted from a single piece of hardwood and is one of the heaviest masks from Africa. The sculpture’s figure is a testament to her raising and nursing her infants with selfless dedication.
D’mba sculptures are traditionally a dance mask and worn over the shoulders during a ceremony. Each mask over time has been decorated differently with many being plain and a select few highly decorated with metal plates, brass tacks and jewelry. Mask featured in this listing has a highly detailed and ornate metal finish which is extremely rare and simply jaw dropping. D'mba sculptures are a perfect collector item and a corner statement piece guaranteed to demand EVERYONE'S attention. Simply look at the images.
Please note: Old figurines/mask will always have some form of wear, cracks and or chips. This is common with old African pieces and makes them even more unique.
- Pablo Picasso was inspired by and even bought a Nimba Sculpture of his own in 1928.
- Small legs were carved to provide support and easily balance over the shoulders during a ceremonial dance.
- Nimba masks were used for ceremonial dances. Raffia Skirt would be used to hide the dancer.
- Nimba was also seen as a goddess of fertility.
SHIPPING & RETURN
We require 5-7 business days to process and package the figurine. Shipping will be done via LTL Freight Trucking or UPS Cargo Ground. Returns are not accepted for this piece so please ask any questions you may have as we will be happy to answer those. Thank you.