Mask of the Sande Society from the Mende of Sierra Leone

The Sande mask from Sierra Leone is the only mask used by women in dances in Africa: most societies only have masks to be worn by men. This wooden mask represents the ideal of feminine beauty for the Mende people. It is 478 mm high.

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Accession reference: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives, E2436

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