Simo Secret Society Helmet Mask


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Artifact Identification Simo Secret Society Helmet Mask   (2013.04.0017)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Ceremonial Artifacts
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  5. Religious Objects
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date N/A
Culture Mende

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 36.8 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 22.9 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 21.5 cm
Weight 1132 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Wood
Manufacturing Processes N/A
Munsell Color Information N/A

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A
Description N/A

Spurlock Collection: 1971.13.0018, 1971.13.0019, 1972.28.0001, 2000.18.0001A/B


Adams, Monni. Designs for Living. Cambridge, MA: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 1982. P. 64-65. Geunneguez, Andre and Afo. Arte de la Cote d’Ivoire et de ses Voisins. Paris: L’Harmattan, n.d. P. 67. The American Museum of Natural History (African Ethnographic Museum collection): Note: search all cultures for “helmet mask”. Boone, Sylvia Ardyn. Radiance from the Waters: Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art. Yale University Press, 1986. Mato, Daniel et al. Sande: Masks and Statues from Liberia and Sierra-Leone. Publisher: Galerie Balolu, University of California, 1990 (contains 151 pages of mostly photographs of different Sande masks). National Museum of African Art Note: a search for Mende peoples provides a list of helmet masks . Phillips, Ruth Bliss. Representing Woman: Sande Masquerades of the Mende of Sierra Leone. UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1995.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Kieffer-Lopez Collection
Reproduction N/A
Reproduction Information N/A

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