Boy Becomes Man
Njogu Touray


Acrylic on canvas, sand and metal

29.5cm (h)

24cm (w)


With the spear, the painting is 72cm wide. The spear is detachable.

Part of a number of works elaborating on male roles and the rituals associated with becoming a man. The structure is inspired by traditional masks worn in ritual masquerades.

To become a man, a Gambian boy must be circumcised. The older men teach the boys male secrets and knowledge; the emphasis is on bravery, on hiding the pain. A medicine man performs the actual ceremony.

African art Boy Becomes Man painting by artist Njogu Touray from The Gambia