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A Sowei Bundu mask from the Sande society

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Lot 0042 Details

Description
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
Condition
Good condition, thick layered patina, red seeds
Dimensions
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, 2019
Starting Price €900
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