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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


10"x8" Mount with 8"x6" Print

Experience the rich cultural heritage of Sierra Leone with our exquisite Mounted Photos from Media Storehouse. This captivating piece showcases a traditional Mende Initiation Mask, dating back to the 1800-1900 era. Carved meticulously from wood, this helmet-style mask is designed to fit over the head. Its lower rim, adorned with piercings, was originally intended to hold a fringe of grass or hair. A stunning addition to any cultural collection or decor, this authentic Mende Mask from Nottingham City Photos is a testament to the intricate craftsmanship and deep symbolism of African art.

Printed on 8"x6" paper and suitable for use in a 10"x8" frame (frame not included). Prints are mounted with card both front and back. Featuring a custom cut aperture to match chosen image. Professional 234gsm Fujifilm Crystal Archive DP II paper.

Photo prints supplied in custom cut card mount ready for framing

Estimated Image Size (if not cropped) is 13.5cm x 20.3cm (5.3" x 8")

Estimated Product Size is 20.3cm x 25.4cm (8" x 10")

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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