TEMNE MASKS / HEADDRESSES, Sierra Leone

 

TEMNE
Head 1
29" high
$1000

 

TEMNE
Head 2
33" high
$800



TEMNE
Head 4
29.5" high
$700




TEMNE
Head 6
17" high
$400

TEMNE
Head 7
16.5" high
$500

TEMNE
Head 8
18.5" high
$800


The Temne heads below have been sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.

TEMNE
Head 5
26.5" high
SOLD



TEMNE
Head 3
31" high
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

TEMNE, HEADS, Sierra Leone

The Temne,who are related to the Baga, live in small chiefdoms within Sierra Leone. Ruled by a central chief, they are socially regulated by secret societies such as the male Poro society and the female Bondo association. The animal headdresses often have removable horns or other features.

On headdresses 1-4 the horns remove, and would be shipped with them removed. They would have to be wedged back in place or glued.

Except for Head 8 these show no signs of age or use and may have been made to be sold.

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