Helmet Mask

This unusual object looks like a helmet mask, though does not have any eye slits. It may be a Gonde mask; the Gonde is an entertainment masker that appears together with the dignified ndoli jowei, or dancing Sowei, of the Sande society. It offers a parody of the latter by its own dishevelled appearance and undignified behaviour.

Further Information

  • Type: Domestic equipment
  • Object: Helmet Mask
  • Materials: Wood
  • Culture Group: Other
  • Dimensions: Unknown
  • Production Date: Pre 2011
  • Associated Places: Unknown
  • Associated People: Unknown
  • Museum: Sierra Leone National Museum
  • Accession Number: SLNM.2011.008.04

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