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Helmet (1) - Medium heavy wood - Mende - Sierra Leone / Liberia

Lot reference 28589839
Helmet (1) - Medium heavy wood - Mende - Sierra Leone / Liberia

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1st half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Total nr of items: 1
Object: Helmet (More lots)
Ethnic group/ culture: Mende
Region/ country: Sierra Leone / Liberia
Material: Medium heavy wood
Period: 1st half 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 32×25×25 cm
Weight: 226 g

Belonging to the Sande secret society of Sierra Leone, these masks were reserved to women and were used for a ceremony which celebrates the end of the period of reclusion and the initiation of young women.

The characteristic features of these sorts of masks are always feminine, even when these embody a masculine spirit.

With elongated, half-closed and rounded eyes looking downwards, lips formed by a delicate design, a sophisticated hairdo, a nose of great refinement and a serene forehead. Beautiful and authentic brown patina.

This piece was collected in Liberia, it will surprise you be its powerful and spiritual aesthetic. This piece was used during an initiatory rite.

Fr yousara24  

Catawiki member since January 29, 2017, received 6 reviews in total (3 in last 12 months)

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    Very nice and authentic item, exactly as described and pictured. Safely packed and delivered quickly. Everything fine, thank you very much!
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    user-d9bccd7 August 22, 2019

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    vind ik erg speciaal, goede conditie, ik ben tevreden
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    johannesbatista2 September 4, 2018

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