Mende Bundu Society Helmet Headdress (sowei)
This Janus face helmet has an elaborate hairstyle with a seated female figure atop the head. The hair is highly stylized into parallel braids with pyro-engraved striations. Raffia is attached to the base, five parallel rows under the rear face represent rolls of neck fat, and overall the mask shows extensive use of patina.
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.