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ID number:  BIRRC-D0251
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Title / Object name:  Mende Mask
Object type:  Mask
Place made:  Sierra Leone
Culture:  Mende
Date made:  Post 1945
Materials:  Wood, skin and raphia
Measurements:  62 x 26 x 20 cm
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This large 'Poro' society mask has been carved in wood with skin and a raphia skirt attatched around the bottom of the face. 'Poro' is the male society to which Mende men belong, with the female alternative being 'Sande'. These societies maintain the continuation of traditional ritual beliefs within their society.

W. Fagg, the noted historian of Nigerian and Yoruba art in particular, described this mask as 'very good'. It was lent to the Danford Collection by J.Danford in 1969 and was purchased in 1975.

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