Current scholarship on the mask’s function is limited. Lamp notes that 'What we know, or don't know [...] is complicated by a number of factors [...] including the extreme secrecy enveloping the sculpture and the probability that it was used in different ways by different groups. Clearly it served both as a shrine figure and as a dance headdress [...]'. (Lamp, Art of the Baga, 1996, p. 140).
Similar masks are in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, New York (inv. no. 74.211.110) and the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Paris (inv. no. 71.1903.32.3). The latter was collected in situ by Dr Maclaud before 1903.
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