COLLECTIONS AT THE MUSEUM

Headdress Mask
Sande Female Secret Society Helmet M
Yaka Initiation Mask
Bembe Ceremonial Mask
Ceremonial Mask With Beard
Female Statute
Terra Cotta Vessel - Woman with Hips
Songye Fetish Power Figure (Nkisi)
Warrior Mask
Female Fertility Figure
Female Fertility Figure
Masks With Cowrie Shells

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Sande Female Secret Society Helmet M

Mende People Sierra Leone, Liberia In most of sub-Sahara Africa, only men are permitted to wear wooden masks. That is not true of the female Sande secret society. The Sande secret society is responsible for preparing young girls for adulthood.