staff for Sande association
staff for Sande association
staff for Sande association
staff for Sande association
staff for Sande association
staff for Sande association
staff for Sande association
staff for Sande association
staff for Sande association
staff for Sande association

Image Resources | Currently on View in Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art (W304)

staff for Sande association

Mende people


This elaborately carved staff with a crowned human head topped with a leopard figure was used by an important official of the Sande association or by a chief who was a protector of the association.  Such staffs, which have a separately carved ball inside an openwork section, serve as rattles when struck on the ground during Sande masquerades.

(Robert Jones, Indianapolis) {1} sold on December 26, 1984 to Harrison Eiteljorg [1903-1997] of Indianapolis; donated to the IMA 1989

{1} Robert Jones also sold under the name Robert Fitzgerald


Object Information

culture
Mende people
creation date
20th century
materials
wood, pigment, metal, leather
dimensions
65 9/16 x 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 in.
accession number
1989.349
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
collection
African Art
colors