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Authentic Large mid 20th C. Mende Bundu Helmet Wood Figural Headdress Vai Tribe SIERRA LEONE 35 inches w/ COA Ritual Sande Society Mask

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Authentic "gorgeous form" Large (35.25 inches) circa first half to mid 20th century. Vai Tribe Wood Figural Headdress Ritual Piece. This stunning piece originates from Sierra Leone or neighboring Liberia. Just like the Mende, the Vai, too, have important women’s associations (the Sande or Bundu association) with a remarkable repertoire of masks. Among the Vai and the Mende, men carve the helmet masks, called ‘sowei’, on behalf of the women of the ‘Sande association’ for their dances and processions during the initiation of new members of the association. Whilst the Mende only have female helmet masks, the Vai use both female and male masks. This helmet has eight thick ‘neck rings’ (symbol of prosperity and health) in its lower section. The rings are surmounted by a high crest, incised hairstyle. She bears horizontal relief scarification on forehead and engraved on cheeks, her face displays bulging eyes and pursed lips. with many plaits. All carved from a single piece of dark wood- A beautiful, traditional object with good beautiful old usage patina in overall vey nice antique condition Made circa first half to mid 20th century; Size: 12.5"L x 36.25" H (31.75 cm x 92 cm).


Released from private collection that has sold in New York City galleries as well as top auction-Guaranteed Authentic. Comes with certificate of Authenticity.

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