X77.1504 Sowei mask

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Object Name: Sowei mask

Artist: Unknown

Cultural Group: Mende peoples

Place of Origin: Sierra Leone

Date: Late 19th-early 20th century

Dimensions: H: 38.30 cm, D: 21.60 cm

Materials Used: Wood, raffia

Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. X77.1504


Stylized representations of paired rams’ horns arranged in V or U configurations frequently ornament sowei masks. They are symbols of the medicine embodied by the spirit incarnating the mask.

Source: Exhibition wall text, The Art of Women’s Masquerades in Sierra Leone.