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This helmet mask, representing a woman with an elegant coiffure, crowned by a bird motif, belongs to the paraphernalia of the Sande or Bundu women's medicine societies. Such societies prepared and educated young girls for womanhood. In the past, Sande and Poro (the complementary men's...

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1960, acquired in Paris by Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Gola peoples, Sierra Leone, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Sierra Leone


Overall: 35.5 x 20 x 25 cm (14 x 7 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, metal


Africa and Oceania