Black Wooden Mask from Sierra Leone
Dimensions: 15″ Height and 8.5″Wide
Bundu masks, created in the 19th and 20th centuries in Sierra Leone, were crafted by men but worn by women during initiation masquerades. These masks represent the importance of women in Mende society, as well as the emphasis on adhering to the ideal of a young Mende woman. They portray the culture’s concept of aesthetic beauty and spiritual identity by using these masks to partake in ceremonies that bring girls into womanhood.