Sande society mask (sowei)
Arts of Africa
early 20th century
16 1/2 x 9 x 10 in. (41.9 x 22.9 x 25.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Blake Robinson
Head with C-shaped ears, small slit incised eyes, and open circular incised mouth. Headdress consists of parallel corn rows positioned from front to back and parallel neck rings arranged horizontally across base of headdress in rear. In the back of the headdress, there is a knob-like form for each corn row. Below these terminals are two neck rings. The corn rows consist of three high ridges on the crown and eight lower ridges on either side of the crown. The mask has been coated with tar to darken it. Around the base are several small holes for fastening.
Condition: General condition good; however many small cracks in tar coating.
This item is not on view
Bassa. Sande society mask (sowei), early 20th century. Wood, pigment, 16 1/2 x 9 x 10 in. (41.9 x 22.9 x 25.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Blake Robinson, 1998.80.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.80.2_transpc002.jpg)
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