favorite
favorite
hide
unhide
flag

Posted

print

Antique Mende Helmet Mask 16″ – Sierra Leone – African Art - $200 (Santa Barbara)

Antique Mende Helmet Mask 16″ – Sierra Leone – African Art 1 thumbnailAntique Mende Helmet Mask 16″ – Sierra Leone – African Art 2 thumbnailAntique Mende Helmet Mask 16″ – Sierra Leone – African Art 3 thumbnailAntique Mende Helmet Mask 16″ – Sierra Leone – African Art 4 thumbnailAntique Mende Helmet Mask 16″ – Sierra Leone – African Art 5 thumbnailAntique Mende Helmet Mask 16″ – Sierra Leone – African Art 6 thumbnailAntique Mende Helmet Mask 16″ – Sierra Leone – African Art 7 thumbnailAntique Mende Helmet Mask 16″ – Sierra Leone – African Art 8 thumbnailAntique Mende Helmet Mask 16″ – Sierra Leone – African Art 9 thumbnailAntique Mende Helmet Mask 16″ – Sierra Leone – African Art 10 thumbnail
De la guerra st near N Milpas st

google map

condition: good
size / dimensions: 11 x 16 inch
African mask, woman w/bowl Coiffure
This helmet mask was carved in the style of the Mende people of Sierra Leone.
Carved from a single block of lightweight wood, the masks weigh only two to four pounds.
Age late 19th to early 20th century.
Masks like this would be used during performances and rituals. It depicts a female face with an elaborate coiffure. This mask is worn over the head of a female elder who dances for the Sande women's society. The mask displays and celebrates Mende ideals of female beauty and virtue neck creases (full-bodied, good health); smooth, broad forehead (nobility, intelligence); lowered eyes (contemplativeness, restraint); well shaped ears; small nose; small mouth (not given to gossip); composed expression (inner serenity), smooth skin (youthfulness)
Dimensions : 16”x11”

post id: 7748412353

posted:

updated:

best of [?]

loading
reading
writing
saving
searching