The Spirit Ninkinanka, of the snake called a-Mantsho-na-Tshol, Baga People
The Baga People live in the marshy lands of Guinea's Atlantic coast. They were traditionally animistic as reflected in their art work. villages are divided into Clans and
and each Clan has a Mantsho Serpent. These Mantsho appear during Initiation, and various important Dances where the clans use them often to compete with each other.
Our coiled example is unusual in form and was undoubtedly created for some now unknown special purpose. Carved of wood and finished with pigment paint. Wear and minor losses at he base