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A Gola wood and metal Sande Society helmet mask

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A Gola wood and metal Sande Society helmet mask
The towering and regal forehead of this 'bundu' indicates a female with intelligence and wisdom. It is a type of anthropomorphic helmet mask found only among members of the women's association. Carved antelope horn tips and cowries are abundant on the backside and front side of this example, symbols which represent helpful medicine and wealth, respectively. The shiny, blackened surface and dark raphia palm and hemp fiber attached to the bottom edge adds mystery and power. Neck rings of fat are present, indicative of good health and prosperity, as well as the mask's mythical emergence from the surface of the water. Metal sections have been crimped and attached to further the effectiveness of this particular example. Early-mid 20th century, from Liberia, West Africa. Measuring 14"H x 8"diameter. It is in fine condition with expected wear and abrasions to its lustrous patina. Provenance: Private Florida collection, since the 1970's.

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