Mende. <em>Sande society mask (sowei)</em>, 19th century. Wood, pigment, 15 x 10 1/4 x 9 in. (38.1 x 26.0 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Blake Robinson, 1998.80.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.80.3_transpc003.jpg)

Sande society mask (sowei)


Medium: Wood, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 15 x 10 1/4 x 9 in. (38.1 x 26.0 x 22.9 cm)



Accession Number: 1998.80.3

Image: 1998.80.3_transpc003.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Diamond-shaped face with incised crescent-shaped eyes. Between cheeks and ears are areas of raised scarification. On each cheek there is a plus-shaped form. Mask has elaborate coiffure: In front are two combs; on top are two sets of carved antelope horns. Mask also has ornate neck rings. Around the base are several small holes for fastening. Condition: Condition is good. One set of antelope horns have old breaks that are patinated.

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