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.||
Incorrect. Compare the carved details of the Baga Nimba mask to the detailing on this figure of the Bakuba commemorative figure of Shambo Bolongongo. The Baga Nimba mask's geometric detailing is to add preciousness to the object, but the object's main function was for inducing fertility. For the Bakuba figure the detailing is part of the greater concern for courtly art, which is typically of highest quality and is associated with royalty. Review your information on the Baga. Did they have a king?
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.|