Baga Prosperity Serpent
The Baga snake or serpent refers to a protective spirit manifested in the form of a snake that presides over male initiation ceremonies among the Baga culture in Guinea, West Africa.
Typically, during the days preceding the initiation ceremonies, two carved serpants appear in the village and are decorated with streamers and colourful banners.
When the two snakes appear, they represent "husband" and "wife' commonly interpreted as the parents of the initiate.
Manifesting the parents are the protective spirit, which has brougt the initiate up to this point.
The parents dance a "mock dual' signaling the opening of the festival and proving that both are equally strong.
Sometimes, a single snake may appear, representing the protective spirit and giving prosperity to all the tribe.
Size - 68cm high x 8cm wide