Bundu Helmet Mask
Bundu (Helmet Mask), Sande Society, n.d.
12" x 7" x 9"
The mask represents the Mende ideal of feminine beauty. Attention is given to the forehead because it is believed to be the residing place of an individual’s character and personality. Scarification on the cheeks mirror the marks traditionally made by a mother to her daughter shortly after birth as a protective blessing.
This mask is from the John and Hazel Hales-Bigges collection of African Art. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from the estate of the artist John T. Biggers