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female initiation mask, Sierra Leone, 1800-1900



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female initiation mask, Sierra Leone, 1800-1900

Mende Mask, carved wood; made to fit over the head, helmet-wise; the lower rim, in front, is pierced to hold a fringe of grass or hair. Above the rim, in front is a small face with cicatrisation marks (the eye slits are complete perforations)

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A2 (42x59cm) Fine Art Print

Experience the rich cultural heritage of West Africa with our exquisite Fine Art Print of a Female Initiation Mask from Sierra Leone, dating back to the 1800-1900 era. Carved from wood, this intricately detailed Mende Mask is designed to be worn over the head, showcasing pierced fringe areas for grass or hair. A stunning addition to any art collection, this print captures the essence of traditional African artistry and the deep symbolism behind these masks used in initiation ceremonies. Bring a touch of history and world culture into your home or office with this beautiful and meaningful work of art.

Our Fine Art Prints are printed on 100% acid free, PH neutral paper with archival properties. This printing method is used by museums and art collections to exhibit photographs and art reproductions. Hahnemühle certified studio for digital fine art printing. Printed on 308gsm Photo Rag Paper.

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Estimated Image Size (if not cropped) is 39.6cm x 59.4cm (15.6" x 23.4")

Estimated Product Size is 42cm x 59.4cm (16.5" x 23.4")

These are individually made so all sizes are approximate

Artwork printed orientated as per the preview above, with portrait (vertical) orientation to match the source image.


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This print showcases a remarkable female initiation mask from Sierra Leone, dating back to the 19th century. Crafted by skilled artisans, this Mende Mask was specifically designed to fit over the head like a helmet. The lower rim of the mask features intricate piercings that hold a fringe of grass or hair, adding an element of texture and movement. At the forefront of this unique piece is a small face adorned with cicatrisation marks, showcasing the rich cultural traditions and practices of the Mende people. These marks symbolize beauty and identity within their society. Notably, the eye slits on this mask are complete perforations, allowing for clear visibility during ceremonial dances. The significance of this mask lies in its role in female initiation ceremonies. It represents an important rite of passage for young women as they transition into adulthood within their community. Through dance and performance, these masks play an integral part in connecting individuals with ancestral spirits and invoking blessings for personal growth and prosperity. Made entirely out of carved wood, every detail on this stunning artifact speaks volumes about African craftsmanship and artistic expression. Its presence serves as a testament to Africa's rich cultural heritage while also highlighting Nottingham City Photos' commitment to preserving such invaluable pieces for future generations to appreciate and learn from.

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