Although we do not know the name of the artist who carved the Sande
mask, he would have been respected in his culture not only for his
carving skill but also for his knowledge of the spiritual and social
needs of the Sande Society. The following is a quotation from an anonymous
Mende artist when he saw the mask he made used in a dance:
"All the people wonder about this beautiful and
terrible thing. To me it is like what I see when I am dreaming.
I say, I have made this. How can a man make such a thing? No one
can do it unless he has the knowledge. I feel that I have borne
Sande Society--The secret association for women
in Mende society.
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