Project Description

17-368  Mende Bundu Society Helmet Mask (sowei)

Sierra Leone

This complex coiffure is configured into 13 parallel rows running from front to back and 3 parallel rows at the base in the back and sides ending in 7 vertical configurations in the rear.  What is the bottom of the mask today, would have once been the neck roll that contained holes to attach the raffia costume.  The serrations are where the holes were and where the mask likely snapped and the costume portion broke away, either before and leading to or post-retirement

All of the Sowei/Bundu Masks in this exhibition were collected and donated to our museum by Dr. Pascal J. Imperato and Eleanor M. Imperato.