Sande society mask (sowei)
Arts of Africa
15 x 10 1/4 x 9 in. (38.1 x 26.0 x 22.9 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Blake Robinson
Diamond-shaped face with incised crescent-shaped eyes. Between cheeks and ears are areas of raised scarification. On each cheek there is a plus-shaped form. Mask has elaborate coiffure: In front are two combs; on top are two sets of carved antelope horns. Mask also has ornate neck rings. Around the base are several small holes for fastening.
Condition: Condition is good. One set of antelope horns have old breaks that are patinated.
This item is not on view
Mende. Sande society mask (sowei), 19th century. Wood, pigment, 15 x 10 1/4 x 9 in. (38.1 x 26.0 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Blake Robinson, 1998.80.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.80.3_transpc003.jpg)
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