Helmet Mask ("Bundu")
Africa, Sierra Leone
39 x 15 x 15 in. (99.1 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)
Wood, leopard tooth, kaolin and fiber
Gift from the collection of Marc and Ruth Franklin
Franklin collection # 8536
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Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells. RHDEL2 [January 1991 descriptor added.]
Ceremonies formally admitting someone into a community, organization, or other group, or investing them with a particular role or status. [January 1996 lead-in terms added. September 1993 scope note added; lead-in terms added; descriptor moved; related terms added. May 1991 alternate term added.]
Coverings for all or part of the face, usually with openings for the eyes and sometimes the mouth; worn to hide or alter the identity of the wearer or for protection.
Use for masks that enclose the head entirely or in part, especially those worn during African ceremonies and masquerades. [July 1998 descriptor added.]
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