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Mende Ndoli Jowei (Sande Sowei Helmet Mask), Sierre Leone

Africa | Helmet mask "Sowei" from the 'bundu' society among the Mende people of Sierra Leone | Wood; shiny brown patina

A Mende helmet mask Sierra Leone, of typical form, the mask with three large raised crests and finely incised coif encircling the upper portion, simple facial planes, the lower portion accented by stylized rolls of fat, pierced about the perimeter for attachment of fiber collar, black variegated surface. height 15 1/4in FOOTNOTES Masks of this type, commonly referred to as bundu were used by the Sowei society during girls initiations and are among the only masks in Africa to be danced by…