MENDE JANUS HEAD 7, Sierra Leone

Photographs © Tim Hamill

MENDE
Janus Head 7
10.5" high x 5.25" wide x 6" deep
$600

This Janus head has been vetted as being authentic with signs of use and age.

Though inelegantly carved compared to most Mende pieces, it shares their interest in hairdos and neckrings in a more simple style. A textile was pressed against a heavy layer of paint resulting in a distinct texture (see detail below).

 

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