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    Vai (Sierra Leone/Liberia)
    Sowei Helmet Mask
    Wood, aluminum
    Height: 15 inches Width: 9 inches Depth: 10 ¼ inches

    According to Hommel, some masks, when their ritual existence is completed, are decorated with bright metals and presented to the paramount chief, "If the chief is female, she is often the active head of the Sande. If male, he is only the nominal head of all organizations in his district...Beautiful as (the metal-adorned) masks may be, they no longer embody the spirit. With the addition of metal they become prestige rather than ritual objects" (William L. Hommel. Art of the Mende. College Park: Art Gallery, University of Maryland, 1974).

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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