MENDE, BUNDU HELMET MASKS ARCHIVES, Sierra Leone


The masks below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.
For Mende and related masks for sale please go to MENDE MASKS and MENDE MASKS 2

MENDE / TEMNE
Mask 40
17" high
19th C.
SOLD

MENDE
Mask 61
15.75" high
mid.- late 20th C.
SOLD

MENDE
Mask 50
15.75" high
first half 20th C.
SOLD

MENDE
Mask 60
15.25" high
mid. 20th C.
SOLD

MENDE
Mask 64
13" high
mid.- late 20th C.
SOLD

MENDE
Mask 56
15" high
first half 20th C.
SOLD


MENDE
Mask 80
18.5" high
last half 20th C.
SOLD

MENDE
Mask 81
14.75" high
last half 20th C.
SOLD


MENDE
Mask 54
17.5" high
first half 20th C.
SOLD

MENDE
Janiform Mask 63
16.5" high
mid.- late 20th C.
SOLD

MENDE
Mask 66
14.75" high
late 20th C.
SOLD

TOMA
Mask 55
13" high
first half 20th C.
SOLD



GOLA / VAI
Mask 70
14 -31" high
mid.- late 20th C.
SOLD

MENDE
Mask 72

18 - 40" high
mid.- late 20th C.
SOLD


BASSA
Mask 73
15 - 26" high
mid.- late 20th C.
SOLD

MENDE
Mask 76
13 - 26" high
early 20th C.
SOLD

Mende
Mask 3
SOLD

Mende
Mask 4
SOLD

Mende
Mask 5
SOLD

Mende
Mask 8
SOLD

Mende
Mask 9
SOLD

Mende
Mask 10
SOLD

Mende
Mask 11
SOLD

Mende
Mask 12
SOLD

Mende
Mask 13
SOLD

Mende
Mask 15
SOLD

Mende
Mask 16
SOLD

Mende
Mask 17
SOLD

Mende
Mask 19
SOLD

Mend
Mask 20
SOLD

 

Mende
Mask 14
SOLD

Mende
Mask 21
SOLD

Mende
Mask 22
SOLD

Mende
Mask 24
,SOLD

Mende
Mask17
SOLD

Mende/Vai
Mask 27
SOLD

Mende
Mask 28
SOLD
 

 

Mende
Mask 23
SOLD

Mende/Vai
Mask 25
SOLD

Mende
Mask 26
SOLD

Mende
Mask 31
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

MENDE, BUNDU HELMET MASKS, Sierra Leone

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.


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