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Sande Society Mask
19th Century

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Creator Name: Mende
Creator Nationality: African; West African; Sierra Leonean
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Mende
Title: Sande Society Mask
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1899
Creation Date: 19th Century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood and raffia
Dimensions: H.13 x W.8 x D.8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 72.69.1
Credit Line: The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund

Among the Mende people of Sierra Leone, young girls are initiated into adulthood by participating in the Sande society, a women's secret society that trains girls in the skills they need to live as productive women. The Sande masks reflect the ideal of feminine beauty, and embody the protective spirit, bondo. The neck rings on this mask are said to mimic those of a chrysalis, a butterfly's cocoon, and symbolize the metamorphosis of the young initiates into beautiful, powerful Mende women.

AMICA ID: MIA_.72.69.1
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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