staff for Sande association

 
Culture
Mende people
Creation date
Materials
wood, pigment, metal, leather
Dimensions
65 9/16 x 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg
Accession number
1989.349
Collection
Currently On View In
Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art - W304

This elaborately carved staff with a crowned human head topped with a leopard figure was used by an important official of the Sande association or by a chief who was a protector of the association.  Such staffs, which have a separately carved ball inside an openwork section, serve as rattles when struck on the ground during Sande masquerades.

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