MENDE, BUNDU HELMET MASKS, Sierra Leone

To see Mende masks with raffia collars go to MENDE MASKS 2 PAGE


TEMNE / GOLA /
VAI Mask 41
15.5" high
19th - early 20th C.
$1200

MENDE
Mask 42
15.5" high
19th - early 20th C.
$1200

MENDE
Mask 43
15.5" high
19th - early 20th C.
$1000


GOLA
Mask 44
13" high
early 20th C.
$1500

MENDE
Mask 45
13" high
early 20th C.
$1200

MENDE
Mask 46
17" high
first half 20th C.
$1500

MENDE
Mask 47
14" high
first half 20th C.
$1000

GOLA
Mask 48
15.5" high
first half 20th C.
$1500

BASSA
Janiform Mask 49
12" high
first half 20th C.
$1200

MENDE
Mask 51
15.5" high
first half 20th C.
$1000

MENDE
Mask 52
15.5" high
first half 20th C.
$1500


MENDE
Mask 53
15" high
first half 20th C.
$1200

MENDE
Mask 57
15" high
first half 20th C.
$1200

MENDE
Mask 58
16" high
mid. 20th C.
$1200


MENDE
Mask 59
16.75" high
mid. 20th C.
$1200

 

MENDE
Mask 62
17.5" high
mid.- late 20th C.
$1000

 

MENDE
Mask 65
16" high
late 20th C.
$800

 


MENDE
Mask 67
15.5" high
mid.- late 20th C.
$800

MENDE
Mask 68
11.75" high
mid.- late 20th C.
$800

MENDE
Mask 69
16" high
mid.- late 20th C.
$800




MENDE Masks 2
with Raffia Collars

Photographs © Tim Hamill

MENDE, BUNDU HELMET MASKS, Sierra Leone

These masks have been vetted as authentic, dating from the late 19th Century to the late 20th Century (each is identified).

These masks were vetted by Daniel Mato, author (with Charles Miller III) of Sande, masks and statues from Liberia and Sierra-Leone.

Condition reports are on each individual page.

Bundu (or Sande), a women's association, is almost unique in Africa in that it controls the use of these masks, which embody Sowo, their guardian spirit. The masks usually include an elaborate hairstyle and attempt to represent serene feminine beauty, with high foreheads, small, compressed facial features, and voluminous neck-rings, depicting the desirable full-figured woman. Originally all had a dark raffia collar and were worn with a full, dark costume of raffia on cloth. Those with a full or partial raffia collar can be seen on Mende Masks 2.


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