Old Mende helmet mask, called "Bundu" (Sierra Leone or Guinea). As is traditional, it represents the idealized face of a woman. Each Mende mask is characterized by a very careful representation of the hairstyle, always richly sculpted and symmetrical. On this one, numerous braids and crests are represented, as well as small horns (at the back), and small buns. The nose and the mouth are a little faded probably by regular rubbing. Very good general condition, wood with a nice dark brown and black patina. The mask has been well hollowed out and the interior has a patina from regular use. Raphia finely braided and encompassing the bottom of the mask. Former collection from the south of France, acquired from the Jean-Michel Huguenin gallery in the 1980s. Height: 41 cm, with raffia: 97 cm. Sold with base.