Bundu / Sowei mask of the Mende people

Wooden cylindrical mask with long grass dressing/fringe. There are two faces on either side of the mask and slits at each side of the chin through which the wearer sees. There is shell detailing on the top and the sides.
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Wood, natural fibre, shells
1020 x 430 x 240mm
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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