Helmet Mask

Mende, Sierra Leone, early 20th c.
Private NYC Collection,
acquired in 1971

This helmet mask was used among the Sande Society. It's in very good condition, still retaining its original fiber apron at the bottom. The mask is quite old and well used, with a diminutive face projecting intensity in its expression as well as a detailed coiffure and typical skin folds carved onto the sides of the neck, a symbol of female beauty among the Mende. The patina is deep and shiny and shows extensive use inside the mask as well.

Height with fiber attachments: 31 inches. Height of just the mask: 15 inches

IN 3-10-13/ SOLD