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AFRICAN HELMET MASK - Mende Helmet Mask, 19th century, Liberia, for the senior woman in the Sande ritual, having four birds within coiled sn...

AFRICAN HELMET MASK - Mende Helmet Mask, 19th century, Liberia, for the senior woman in the Sande ritual, having four birds within coiled sn...

Africa | A Plank mask from the Bwa people of Burkina Faso | Wood and pigment | These tall headdresses transformed the dancer into a supernatural being. They were used by the Do society at dances to promote fertility of the fields and at funerals of Do members. The geometric designs all have meanings. The checkerboard pattern symbolizes the separation of light from dark, good from evil, and female from male.

Africa | A Plank mask from the Bwa people of Burkina Faso | Wood and pigment | These tall headdresses transformed the dancer into a supernatural being. They were used by the Do society at dances to promote fertility of the fields and at funerals of Do members. The geometric designs all have meanings. The checkerboard pattern symbolizes the separation of light from dark, good from evil, and female from male.

Africa | "Porpianong" Hornbill Carving from the Senufo people of the Ivory Coast | Carved from a single piece of wood.  Used in the LO secret society as a symbol of fertility

Africa | "Porpianong" Hornbill Carving from the Senufo people of the Ivory Coast | Carved from a single piece of wood. Used in the LO secret society as a symbol of fertility

SHERBRO HELMET MASK, MOYAMBA DISTRICT, SIERRA LEONE Estimate 6,000 — 9,000 USD LOT SOLD. 40,625 USD

SHERBRO HELMET MASK, MOYAMBA DISTRICT, SIERRA LEONE Estimate 6,000 — 9,000 USD LOT SOLD. 40,625 USD