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 Africa, Sierra Leone
 Chuck Close
 James Ensor
 Frank Gehry
 Robert Gwathmey
 Marsden Hartley
 Pepón Osorio
 James Rosenquist
 Ernest Whiteman

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Africa, Sierra Leone
About the Artist

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 children."

Vocabulary Terms

Sande Society--The secret association for women in Mende society.

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