Sande society mask (sowei)
Mende, The Nguabu Master
Arts of Africa
Wood, pigment, metal
late 19th-early 20th century
15 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (39.4 x 23.5 x 26 cm) (show scale)
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Carll H. de Silver Fund
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Mende. Sande society mask (sowei), late 19th-early 20th century. Wood, pigment, metal, 15 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (39.4 x 23.5 x 26 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 74.64. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 74.64_edited_SL1.jpg)
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Wooden helmet mask of a human head. Its neck is enlarged with rolls of fat. There are holes around the base for attachments. The eyes are coffee bean in shape with slits through their centers. Four verticle scarification marks appear under each eye. The elaborate headress consists of eight flap-like forms secured at the center with a band.The headdress is topped by a mushroom-like ornament with frets and other decorative work.
Condition: A vertical crack runs from base of mask to head band at back center and includes a triangular 1 3/4 hole below band.
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