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|Mende, Sierra Leone|
An example of a Mende mask with the upper portion of the costume remaining intact, with elaborate curly braids atop the coiffure which illustrate the hairstyle of a female within the tribe who likely had great wealth and could afford a sophisticated coiffure. The surface shows wear and use.
|Lot ID: 115|
|Low Estimate: $1,500|
|High Estimate: $3,500|
|Next Bid: $750|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), fiber/raffia, stain, remains of pigment stain|
|Dimensions: 10" (25.4 cm) height without raffia, 35" (88.9 cm) height with raffia x 9.5" (24.13 cm) width x 10" (25.4 cm) diameter|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Sierra Leone|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Mask|
|About the Mende Tribe and the Sande Society:In Mende villages, social order and structure are regulated through the Poro male and Sande female societies. Mende tribeswomen wear bundu masks to embody idealized female beauty and represent female ancestors. This is one of the only known instances in the African cultural diaspora in which women are the wearers of masks within a societal context, making the piece even more significant. The photograph of a Bundu mask being danced/worn in its indigenous context as is sourced from "African Art in the Cycle of Life", by Roy Sieber and Roslyn A. Walker. Further expertise: "African Art in the Cycle of Life", Roy Sieber and Roslyn A. Walker; “Hair in African Art and Culture” Allridge, Art of the Mende, Homme, "African Masks", Herzog, A History of Art in Africa, Visona, Tribal Arts of Africa, Bacquart; PHOTO SOURCE: Bundu Masks Photo from 1910 Ross Archive at Yale University, 1910. Alldridge, Thomas J. A Transformed Colony Sierra Leone as it Was, and as it Is. Its Progress, Peoples, Native Customs and Undeveloped Wealth|
|Provenance: Ex. Private Collection, US|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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