NARRATOR: This mask is different from every other mask in this gallery… because it would have been worn and performed by a woman. Female masking performances are rare in Africa. The Sowei mask plays an important role in the all-female Sande Society. This society is a lifelong network of women among the Vai, Mende and neighboring peoples in present-day Sierra Leone.
CHRISTRAUD GEARY: Now if you look at the Portuguese soldier, there are certain details that I don’t want you to miss. One is that everything is articulated in the greatest detail. Look at his hands, they’re beautifully done, and look at the fact that you can see his fingernails, even. Look at his feet, same thing, they’re beautifully executed.
Founded by its parent organization, The Foundation for the Arts, Nagoya (FAN), the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts (N/BMFA) was established as the…
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (“MFA”) thanks you for your order. These Terms and Conditions state the terms governing your order and use of the Images. Please read it carefully and contact us at the addresses given below if you have any questions. THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE INTENDED TO FORM A BINDING AGREEMENT. BY ACCEPTANCE AND USE OF THE IMAGES DELIVERED AS A RESULT OF YOUR ORDER (THE “Images”) YOU INDICATE YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.