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This helmet mask, representing a woman with an elegant coiffure, 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 association), were important...

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1980, acquired 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, Sierra Leone, Mende peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Sierra Leone


Overall: 39 x 21.5 x 23.5 cm (15 3/8 x 8 7/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

wood, fiber


Africa and Oceania