Women's Art and Initiation in Mendeland

by Ruth Phillips, Henrietta Cosentino and Rebecca Busselle
(R.P.) Carleton University

Sierra Leone; Mende peoples

Sande mask


H. 40 cm (15 3/4")

Fowler Museum at UCLA, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kuhn, X72.23


Every dance is style of movement is highly individualized, and no two carved headpieces are the same. As Chief Safa said, "As we are not of the same appearance, so the devils [spirits] are not." Carvers compete with each other to vary the ornamentation of the mask face through additions of decorative scarification beautiful coiffures decorative carved amulets, and carved animals and birds. (RP)