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A Sowei Bundu mask from the Sande society

Lot 0042
Only in the Sande society are women customarily wearing wooden masks.The elegant hairstyle is surmounted by a lion, symbol of the royal banner of England.The Mende chiefdoms decided to emulate the British institutions and symbols, after hearing about the great power and prestige of Queen VictoriaThe neck is enlarged with rolls symbol of a chrysalide and represents the beauty of a fat women.This type of mask, also often called Bundu, is worn at initiation ceremonies celebrating a successful transition into womanhood in Mende society .H= 40 cm


Good condition, thick layered patina, red seeds


19.8 x 39.6 x 21.8 cm

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A Sowei Bundu mask from the Sande society

Estimate €1,800 - €3,000Sep 22