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Temne Helmet Mask Human Cow Sierra Leone African Art

Regular Price: $490.00

Special Price: $150.00

Product #: 78333
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Title Temne Helmet Mask Composite Human Cow Sierra Leone African
Type of Object Helmet mask
Country of Origin Sierra Leone
People Temne
Materials Wood
Approximate Age second half 20th Century
Dimensions 15 inches H. x 9.25 inches W.
Overall Condition 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 Shallow cracks in head, chipped horns, wear in places

Additional Information:   This interesting piece is very close to the masks produced by the Temne.  The Temne live in Sierra Leone,   an area in which the women' s initiation and social regulatory society known as Bundu among the Temne and Sande among the Mende people serves as a strong social force initiating young girls and exercising social control. If this mask were part of Temne Bundu rituals and initiations it would have been owned by a senior member of the Bundu Society and brought out to dance at the initiations of young girls serving as a symbol of perfection and behavior that they were to model themselves after. 

Interestingly, this object is a composite  mask presenting a small face featuring a human character and horns in the back recalling a bush cow character. A strong mask showing some wear and good age and a rare Temne mask found o the market these days!

I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.