|Ethnic group/ culture:||Mende|
|Region/ country:||Sierra Leone|
|Period:||Mid 20th century|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
These idealized and carefully decorated sculptures of women symbolize the guardian spirit of the Sande female secret society. The society prepares the girls for the life they will lead as adult women. The figures are called ‘minsereah’ and are supposed to convey the will of the spirits. The are also used by the Yassi healing society, who are devoted to the art of magical healing through divination.
The Mende believe their ancestors live in the surrounding rivers, and the rings around the neck represent the ripples in the water as they emerge.
Good condition with traces of tribal use. A part of the left foot is broken.
Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.
Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).