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Sande society mask.

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Bundu helmet mask, Sowei, Sande Society - Mende - Sierra Leone

Bundu helmet mask, Sowei, Sande Society - Mende - Sierra Leone

Africa | A 'Sowei' helmet mask from the Bundu or Sande woman's society from the Bassa people of Liberia | Wood

Africa | A 'Sowei' helmet mask from the Bundu or Sande woman's society from the Bassa people of Liberia | Wood

Sowei mask, Sierra Leone. This carved wooden mask (sowei) is designed to be worn over the head and danced whilst wearing a raffia costume.

Sowei mask, Sierra Leone. This carved wooden mask (sowei) is designed to be worn over the head and danced whilst wearing a raffia costume.

Sande mask SIERRA LEONE

Sande mask SIERRA LEONE

Sowei Helmet mask Sierra Leone, Mende Sowei masks are commissioned and worn by women, although carved by men. They are associated with the education and socialization of young females, and their excision ceremonies are supervised by the Bundu or Sande societies. Senior woman wear these masks at the termination of initiation ceremonies in order to embody their patron spirit a persona of fecundity and grace, known as Sowei.

Sowei Helmet mask Sierra Leone, Mende Sowei masks are commissioned and worn by women, although carved by men. They are associated with the education and socialization of young females, and their excision ceremonies are supervised by the Bundu or Sande societies. Senior woman wear these masks at the termination of initiation ceremonies in order to embody their patron spirit a persona of fecundity and grace, known as Sowei.

mende bundu mask

mende bundu mask

sowei mask

sowei mask

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