Whoa! You can't buy your own item.

Bassa Helmet Mask Liberia African Art 120903

Like this item?

Add it to your favorites to revisit it later.
Favorite

Description

PRODUCT DETAILS

+ Title - Bassa Helmet Mask Liberia African Art
+ Type of Object - Carving, Sculpture
+ Country of Origin - Liberia
+ People - Mende
+ Materials - Wood
+ Other Dimensions - Height: 15 InchesWidth: 10 InchesDepth: 11 Inches
+ Overall Condition - Fair
+ Damage/Repair - Cracks, chips and a well worn patina

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Additional Information: Though many works of art have come out of the Guinea Coast region of West Africa few have as much prominence as the masks worn by the women of the Sande society of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Membership in Sande is exclusively reserved for women for it is the Sande society that initiates young girls into adult status assuring that the girls are instructed in their duties to come as wives and responsible adult members of their village. Sande continues to play a prominent role in women’s lives today among the Mende, Temne ,Vai, Bassa, Sherbro, Gola and other peoples of the region. The authority of Sande derives its power and influence from ‘hale’, the magic that women control and which resides in the Sowei mask.

The authority of Sande and its protection of the young girls as they go through their initiations and as they are instructed in the secrets of Sande is known through the masks worn by senior women members and leaders of the local chapter. The masks known as Sowei are embodiments of ideal beauty and the precepts and ideals held by Sande. The care and attention so obvious in this mask given to details of hair, features of the face and the skill of carving the head and side faces attest to the aesthetic dimension so important in Sande and it’s masks. Though carved by a male sculptor, the Sowei mask is the only mask danced by women in West Africa. This is a ‘helmet mask’ worn over the head with a dark costume attached to the small holes at the bottom of the mask, which completely covers the dancer as she whirls and dances with quick steps showing the spirit and power of Sande. The dramatic carving and the prominent forms of the mask reflect the Mende or Vai artist’s ability to give shape to the principles and aesthetic ideals of the women’s Sande Society, in this instance.

Recommended reading:

Gottschalk, B. “Bundu”. 1990. Mato, D. and C. Miller. “Sande masks and Statues From Sierra Leone and Liberia”. 1990

Boone, S. “Radience From the Waters.” 1986


SKU: 120903
PRODUCT DETAILS

+ Title - Bassa Helmet Mask Liberia African Art
+ Type of Object - Carving, Sculpture
+ Country of Origin - Liberia
+ People - Mende
+ Materials - Wood
+ Other Dimensions - Height: 15 InchesWidth: 10 InchesDepth: 11 Inches
+ Overall Condition - Fair
+ Damage/Repair - Cracks, chips and a well worn patina

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Additional Information: Though many works of art have come out of the Guinea Coast region of West Africa few have as much prominence as the masks worn by the women of the Sande society of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Membership in Sande is exclusively reserved for women for it is the Sande society that initiates young girls into adult status assuring that the girls are instructed in their duties to come as wives and responsible adult members of their village. Sande continues to play a prominent role in women’s lives today among the Mende, Temne ,Vai, Bassa, Sherbro, Gola and other peoples of the region. The authority of Sande derives its power and influence from ‘hale’, the magic that women control and which resides in the Sowei mask.

The authority of Sande and its protection of the young girls as they go through their initiations and as they are instructed in the secrets of Sande is known through the masks worn by senior women members and leaders of the local chapter. The masks known as Sowei are embodiments of ideal beauty and the precepts and ideals held by Sande. The care and attention so obvious in this mask given to details of hair, features of the face and the skill of carving the head and side faces attest to the aesthetic dimension so important in Sande and it’s masks. Though carved by a male sculptor, the Sowei mask is the only mask danced by women in West Africa. This is a ‘helmet mask’ worn over the head with a dark costume attached to the small holes at the bottom of the mask, which completely covers the dancer as she whirls and dances with quick steps showing the spirit and power of Sande. The dramatic carving and the prominent forms of the mask reflect the Mende or Vai artist’s ability to give shape to the principles and aesthetic ideals of the women’s Sande Society, in this instance.

Recommended reading:

Gottschalk, B. “Bundu”. 1990. Mato, D. and C. Miller. “Sande masks and Statues From Sierra Leone and Liberia”. 1990

Boone, S. “Radience From the Waters.” 1986


SKU: 120903

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(1,924)

Payments

Secure options
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Etsy keeps your payment information secure. Etsy shops never receive your credit card information.
We accept payment via PayPal, cash, check, money order or any major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Orders placed by customers in Colorado will be charged sales tax of 7.65%.

Returns & exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
We want you to be happy with your purchase. You're welcome to return an item within 14 days of receipt, in the same condition you received it. Just let us know you're returning it. You may have either a credit or a refund for your purchase price, not including shipping both ways. If your original payment was made through PayPal, we'll refund you through PayPal; if you paid us directly with your credit card, we'll refund the credit card.

Shipping policies

We ship daily except Sundays and holidays. Most orders go out the same day, and all go out within 48 hours.

For US orders, we ship with USPS Priority Airmail or UPS Ground. Our US shipping charges include insurance.

We ship dozens of international orders every week, to customers on every continent except Antarctica! Please contact us for shipping charges to your country. We offer USPS First Class Airmail, Priority Airmail and Express Airmail to most parts of the world, depending on the weight, volume and value of an item. We also ship via UPS, FedEx or DHL on request. International customers, please note that we are required by law to state the true value of your merchandise on your customs forms and you may be required to pay additional customs fees or duties.

Additional policies

If you have questions, please send us a message at contact@africadirect.com.

Bassa Helmet Mask Liberia African Art 120903

Ask a question

$590.00

Don't wait. There's only 1 of these available.

Overview

  • Vintage item
  • Materials: Wood, Carving, Sculpture
  • Feedback: 1924 reviews
  • Gift message available
This shop accepts Etsy gift cards

Shipping & returns

Get it fast! Ready to ship in 1–3 business days.
From United States
Returns and exchanges accepted
Exceptions may apply. See return policy

What’s wrong with this listing?

The first thing you should do is contact the seller directly.

If you’ve already done that, your item hasn’t arrived, or it’s not as described, you can report that to Etsy by opening a case.

Report a problem with an order

We take intellectual property concerns very seriously, but many of these problems can be resolved directly by the parties involved. We suggest contacting the seller directly to respectfully share your concerns.

If you’d like to file an allegation of infringement, you’ll need to follow the process described in our Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy.

Review how we define handmade, vintage and supplies

See a list of prohibited items and materials

Read our mature content policy

The item for sale is…