Skip to main content

Home > Museum Objects > World Cultures

Mende Sowei Mask, Sierra Leone, West Africa

Mende Sowei Mask, Sierra Leone, West Africa


Choose from the following product ranges for this image

Photo Prints
Image Downloads
Poster Prints
Cards
Mounted Photos
Jigsaw Puzzles
Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Metal Prints
Housewares


We accept all major credit cards


Wall Art and Photo Gifts from Royal Cornwall Museum


Mende Sowei Mask, Sierra Leone, West Africa

Women of the female-only secret society (Sande) of Western Africa used these carved, wooden, masks for initiation ceremonies, marking a womans transition from child to adulthood. During these important occasions a high-ranking member of the society, known as thendoli jowei- thesoweiwho dances would wear the mask on top of her head, with her body covered in a black raffia costume. Accompanied by music, dancing and singing she would appear in public and is viewed as both a physical manifestation of the spirit of the Sande Society and as an embodiment of its powerful medicines. TRURI : 1500.138

TRURI : 1500.138

Media ID 18833275

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle

Black Ceremony People Wood


MADE IN THE UK
Safe Shipping with 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

FREE PERSONALISATION*
We are proud to offer a range of customisation features including Personalised Captions, Color Filters and Picture Zoom Tools

SECURE PAYMENTS
We happily accept a wide range of payment options so you can pay for the things you need in the way that is most convenient for you

* Options may vary by product and licensing agreement. Zoomed Pictures can be adjusted in the Basket.




Related Images


Okimono, Japan
Okimono, Japan
Nurses at Royal Naval Hospital, St Clement, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 18th January 1916
Nurses at Royal Naval Hospital, St Clement, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 18th January 1916
Liroconite, Wheal Gorland, St Day, Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Liroconite, Wheal Gorland, St Day, Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Carved Figure, Mandalay, Myanmar (formerly Burma), South East Asia
Carved Figure, Mandalay, Myanmar (formerly Burma), South East Asia
Pierrot Troupe outside Truro City Hall, Boscawen Street, Truro, Cornwall. 31st August 1917
Pierrot Troupe outside Truro City Hall, Boscawen Street, Truro, Cornwall. 31st August 1917
Harveys Foundry, Hayle, Cornwall. Late 1850s
Harveys Foundry, Hayle, Cornwall. Late 1850s
Mayor Making, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. May 1986
Mayor Making, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. May 1986
Hinamatsuri Egg Diorama, Japanese
Hinamatsuri Egg Diorama, Japanese
Obby Oss Mask, Padstow, Cornwall, England
Obby Oss Mask, Padstow, Cornwall, England
Painted Mask, Japanese
Painted Mask, Japanese
Pottery Bottle, Peru, South America
Pottery Bottle, Peru, South America
St Just Tin Miners, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
St Just Tin Miners, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)

+

Shipping

+

Choices

+

Guaranteed