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Mende Female Figure On Stand Sierra Leone African Art

Regular Price: $210.00

Special Price: $88.00

Product #: 91811
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Title Mende Female Figure On Stand Sierra Leone Africa
Type of Object Carving
Country of Origin Sierra Leone
People Mende
Materials wood, encrustation
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 17 inches H.x 3 inches W.
Overall Condition Fair to good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair crack and hole in base, missing arms

Additional Information: A Mende figure without arms  standing on a square pedestal! Besides the cracks throughout the body the present figure remain a delightful sculpture. It seems like the arms were deliberatly removed (?)

Statues from the Mende and their relatives, the Temne and Vai, are scarce and difficult to tell apart. The coiffure, the face form and its features, the ringed neck, as well as the structure of the torso,are typical of the Mende style. The top portion of the statue has the general appearance of the Sande helmet mask. Many of these traits are found on the famous Mende helmet masks of the "Sande" society.

Though most statues from this group are tied to healing rituals, or forgiveness for broken taboos, the placement of the breasts gives. It is not clear if they had an educational or initiatory function. The Mende are a Mande-speaking group. This can be an indication that they originated to the north in the Sudan. Village life is governed by the "Poro," a men's society, and the "Sande," a women's society which is unique to the Mende. While Poro is practiced by many cultures up and down the coast, from Guinea to Cote d'Ivoire, the Sande has no parallels elsewhere.