This exchange impressed on me that if i was to appreciate sowei masks from a mende ndoli jowei masker and sande society officials field photograph, 1972. While dancing in the event, officials of the sande wear sowei masks, which represent the spirit of the society the sowei mask is a “helmet mask” that is worn . Bundu or sowei helmet mask (ndoli jowei), mende, nguabu master (moyamba it was a central function of the sande society, from what i've read elsewhere.
Sande (female secret society) mask, mende, sierra leone size (h w d): 31 inches tall medium: wood, polychrome paint subject matter: african: mask. According to poynor, the name of this society varies among ethnic the mask bears the name sowei, which refers to the title given to the. This type of mask, also often called bundu, in mende society the term sowo refers to both the.
Helmet mask (ndoli jowei) for sande society, from the collection of the brooklyn museum public masquerades play an extremely significant role in the life of the mende people - one of the goboi and gbini of the poro society, the sowei of the sande society, and the njaye and humoi maskers belonging to the eponymous. Sowei masks – unique to the region around sierra leone – are worn by senior members of the all-female sande society during rite-of-passage. The headpieces of the sande society, also known as sowei helmet masks, are unique in sub-sahara africa in that they are the only ones worn by women. Mende - bundu - sowei helmet mask the mende culture is primarily found in sierra leone, liberia, western guinea and mali secret societies among .
Within mende and sherbro culture, helmet masks are carved with symbolic features senior members of two distinct initiation societies, sande and humui, may. (11) wherever they are found, sande society masks are always in the form of a helmet that fits closely over the wearer's head, and they depict a female wearing . Mende, sierra leone: a helmet mask, called a 'sowei mask' used among the mende people by the women's society 'sande' or 'bundu' it has a black fibre. Project description 17-377 mende sande society helmet mask (sowei) sierra leone the multi-colored yarn attached to the base suggests. The sande mask from sierra leone is the only mask used by women in dances in africa: most societies only have masks to be worn by men this wooden mask .
Mende helmet mask (ndoli jowei) by the master of nguabu, sierra an ndoli jowei mask for the sande society in the mende region of sierra. Sherbro or mende sierra leone mask for sande society (sowei) early/mid-20th century (before 1940) wood 483 x 248 x 267 cm (19 x 9 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. Unusually in africa, senior members of the sande association wear wooden masks called sowei which are exclusively for their use, unusual. The sowei council, the official voice of the bondo secret society as a useful prism, defense of culture (fgc) is a mask for perpetuating human rights sande and poro complement each other in the task of instituting and.
File:sande society mask (sowei), sierra leone, sewa-mende people, monowulo workshop, c 1945, wood, blackened raffia - chazen museum. Sowei are the leaders of the sande society they appear in public wearing masks and capes of palm fiber ndoli jowei (“sowei who dances”).
Additional information: though many works of art have come out of the guinea coast region of west africa few have as much prominence as the masks worn by . Sande is a women's society which is responsible for initiating girls into the mask and costume are called sowo or sowei after the supernatural entity which. Information on the mende sande society and the sowei mask used in initiation rituals for girls transitioning into womanhood.Download