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Lot 0033
A very rare old carved wooden female effigy of two females engaged in risque sexual behavior. featuring two female images with incised linear designs and long arms and hands. This is a minsereh figure, which is used by the leader of the Yassi society, who is always a woman. It is mainly concerned with sexual behaviour and punishes those who transgress the rules. The leader of the association consults the minsereh when a Yassi law has been broken. The carving does not represent an actual ancestor but is an embodiment of the characteristics of ancestral guidance. The sculpture measures 20 x 12 inches. Mende peoples, Sierra Leone, West Africa.

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Good/fair

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RARE MENDE MINSEREH SEXUAL TEACHING SCULPTURE

Estimate $600 - $900Feb 2, 2019