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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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Media ID 6048416

Costume Wood


22"x18" (58x48cm) Modern Frame

Discover the captivating allure of our Media Storehouse Framed Prints, featuring this extraordinary Female Initiation Mask from Sierra Leone, circa 1800-1900. Carved from wood and designed to fit over the head, this intricately detailed Mende Mask is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of West Africa. The helmet-like design showcases intricate patterns and symbols, while the lower rim, adorned with piercings for grass or hair fringes, adds an authentic touch. Add this mesmerizing piece of art to your collection and bring the stories of a bygone era into your home or office. Each print is carefully framed to preserve and enhance the beauty of the mask, making it a stunning conversation starter and a source of inspiration for any space.

Wood effect frame, card mounted, 16x12 archival quality photo print. Overall outside dimensions 22x18 inches (58x48cm). Environmentally and ozone friendly, 40mm wide x 15mm Polycore® moulding has the look of real wood, is durable and light and easy to hang. Biodegradable and made with non-chlorinated gases (no toxic fumes) it is efficient; producing 100 tons of polystyrene can save 300 tons of trees! Prints are glazed with lightweight, shatterproof, optical clarity acrylic (providing the same general protection from the environment as glass). The back is stapled hardboard with a sawtooth hanger attached. Note: To minimise original artwork cropping, for optimum layout, and to ensure print is secure, the visible print may be marginally smaller

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Estimated Image Size (if not cropped) is 26.4cm x 39.6cm (10.4" x 15.6")

Estimated Product Size is 47.8cm x 57.9cm (18.8" x 22.8")

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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