X99.52.4 Mask

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Object Name: Mask

Artist: Unknown

Culture: Mende peoples

Place of Origin: Sierra Leone

Date/Era: Collected in Liberia in 1981

Medium/Materials: Wood, raffia, cowries

Dimensions: H: 46.00 cm, W: 28.00 cm, D: 37.00 cm

Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Doran H. Ross.

Accession Number: X99.52.4

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Description

This mask, with its gleaming black surface, ringed neck, and complex superstructure ornamented by two rats and four fish, alludes to water, the source of secret knowledge and deep wisdom that Sande bestows upon its young initiates.

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