X86.2966 Jolly Face Mask

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Jolly Face Mask
Sierra Leone
Temne peoples
Wood, pigment, fabric, wire, Mylar, braid, down, cord, thread
early 1980’s
L: 68.6 cm, H: 91.5 cm, D: 55.8 cm (L: 27.0 in, H: 36.0 in, D: 21.9 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous Gift. X86.2966


olly (pronounced in a manner similar to the French joli) masquerade societies developed in Freetown in the middle of the twentieth century as an amalgamation of these varied traditions. They continue to be composed of young men who perform – primarly at Christmas, New Year’s celebrations, and occasions such as weddings – in exchange for funds.

Source: Drewal, Henry John. (2008) “Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas”, Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 73