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Mende Bundu / Sowei Mask
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In African art, sowei form an idealized representation of female beauty through Mende culture. They embody aquatic spirits. This cephalomorphic mask forms a copy of the type of masks named bundu the most important in the Mendes. The face has a high bulging forehead forming the top half. The features are concentrated tightly in the lower part, which is engulfed in a neck where the folds symbolizing prosperity appear an abundance of flesh. Painted black or tinted with a leaf brush, the mask was then rubbed with palm oil. Semi-saturated patina, Grainy residual inlays, desication cracks and indigenous restoration using resin on a ridge.br-The Mende, Vaï and Gola cultures of Sierra Leone, Liberia and the west coast of Guinea are known in African art for masks and especially those of the ...


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 Sapi Nomoli figure
African art > African Statues > Sapi figure

Among the tribes living in Sierra Leone, Mende and Kissi, mostly rice farmers, worship stone statues from the Sapi kingdom. The latter extended, until the 16th century, from Guinea to Liberia.The Temné organized themselves into chiefdoms led by a supreme leader. The society ragbenle or mneke, responsible for fertility, intervened at the death of the chief. The association bundu, for its part, prepared the girls for their adult lives. The Temne and bullom have made a lot of 'Afro-Portuguese' ivories European orders. The 'nomoli' Begged, placed on altars, benefited from libations in order to increase the harvests. These stone sculptures, mostly in steatite or saponite, called pombo (deceased) played, on the other hand, among the Kissi of Guinea, an intermediary role with the ancestors. The ...


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Bundu Mask - Sowei Mende
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African art > African mask > Mende Mask

In African art, sowei form an idealized representation of female beauty through Mende culture. They embody aquatic spirits. This cephalomorphic mask forms a copy of the type of masks named bundu the most important in the Mendes. The face has a high bulging forehead forming the top half. The features are concentrated tightly in the lower part, which is engulfed in a neck where the folds symbolizing prosperity appear an abundance of flesh. Painted black or tinted with a leaf brush, the mask was then rubbed with palm oil. Semi-saturated patien, grainy residual inlays, erosions, slight cracks of desication.br-The cultures Mende, Vaï and Gola, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the west coast of Guinea, are known in African art for masks and especially those of the women's initiation society Sandé ...


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Mende Bundu Sowei hem mask
African art > African mask > Mende Mask

In African tribal art, sowei are an idealized representation of female beauty seen through The Mende culture.They embody aquatic minds. This cephalomorphic mask forms a copy of the type of masks named bundu the most important in Mendé. The face has a high bulging forehead forming the upper half. The features are concentrated closely in the lower part, which is engulfed in a neck where the folds symbolizing prosperity evoke an abundance of flesh.
At the top, a sculpture of a woman whose hairstyle, gathered in a thick braid, wraps around the head of the mask until it ends on the posterior part in a mermaid tail. Painted black or tinted with a leaf brush, the mask was then rubbed with palm oil. Desication crack.
Mende, Vaï and Gola cultures, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the west ...


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Mende Bundu Sowei Mask
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African art > African mask > Mende Mask

Ex-collection Of Luxembourg African art.
The sowei are an idealized representation of female beauty seen through the Mende culture.They embody aquatic spirits. Featuring scarifications under hollowed-out palpebral slits, this African Mende mask is a copy of the type of masks named bundu the most important among mendé. It has a high bulging forehead occupying the upper half of the face, the features concentrating in the lower half. Incisions follow one another between the rings of the neck that evoke an abundance of flesh symbol of prosperity. The bun headdress consists of fine braids picked up in side shells. Painted black or tinted with a leaf brush, the mask was then rubbed with palm oil. Skate to the velvety touch. Localized abrasions revealing a light wood. The Mende, Vaï and ...


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