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Mende People, Sande or Bundu Society southern region, Moa River, Sierra Leone
Sowei mask of the Sande or Bundu women's Society late 19th century Place made: Sierra Leone
Materials & Technique: sculptures, ceremonial objects, wood carving
Dimensions: 46.0 h x 28.0 w x 30.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1974
Accession No: NGA 74.258
Subject: African art
Provenance:
  • collected by Mr James Comber, a railway official for the colonial British Government in Sierra Leone between 1900 and 1912;
  • by descent to his daughter, Mrs Helen McCrohen of Heidelberg, Victoria;
  • from whom bought by Ruth McNicoll, Gallery of Primitive Art, Melbourne, 1973;
  • from whom bought by Australian National Gallery, Canberra, April 1974