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Helmet Mask for Sande Society (Ndoli jowei)

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Mende
MEDIUM Wood, pigment
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 15 x 10 1/4 x 9 in. (38.1 x 26.0 x 22.9 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1998.80.3
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Blake Robinson
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Mende. Helmet Mask for Sande Society (Ndoli jowei), 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)
    IMAGE overall, 1998.80.3_transpc003.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
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    Mende. <em>Helmet Mask for Sande Society (Ndoli jowei)</em>, 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)