On July 1, 2013, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, launched a new fundraising campaign, The Future Is Now, with the goal of raising $200 million over the course of three years. As we near the end of this first year, we are very pleased to share a progress report with the broader Museum family.
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.