Which of the following pertain to the functions of this Baga Nimba mask?
|A. Typical of much art from this area, it has strong relationships to Chi Wara totemism.||
Chi Wara Headdress
Incorrect. Yes, this mask is from the Sudan Region which is noted for its emphasis on totemism, but the Chi Wara is the totem for the Bambara/Bamana people. Also true is that both tribal groups share the Sudan style for cantilevered chin, but in the Baga Nimba mask, the figure is anthropomorphic, that is, it has greater resemblance to a human form than the Bamana Chi Wara's abstract animal shapes.
Correct your answer.
|B. This mask's function of ensuring fertility is aptly expressed by the bulging, swelling forms of the body parts and profile.|
|C. Because this mask is closely associated with the strong male Poro Society, its main function was for controlling the social behavior of the tribe.|
|D. The plasticity of the body parts and large, wide-open eyes indicate this mask functioned as a guardian figure for the dead.|
|E. This mask shows the glory of the king because of its use of carved, geometric detailing.|