The sowei embody the aquatic spirits. This ancient African Mende mask is of the type called bundu associated with Bundu ritual initiations. These masks invariably present features concentrated in the lower area, overcoming folds of flesh which symbolize prosperity and health or the spirit emerging from the waters.
On this rare version sits a female figure.
Painted black or tinted using a leaf wash, the mask was then rubbed with palm oil. Localized abrasions, drying cracks, signs of use.
The Mende, Vaï and Gola cultures of Sierra Leone, Liberia and the west coast of Guinea are known for their helmet masks, including those of the Sandé female initiation society which prepares young people girls at the wedding.
These masks are made by men and worn by women.
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