Sowei mask from Sierra Leone on display in London
Sowei mask spirit of Sierra Leone, 14 February 2013 – 28 April 2013 British Museum – The British Museum is featuring a free exhibit of a Sowei mask collected in 1886 by Thomas Joshua Alldridge for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London, where it represented the exotic ‘otherness’ of African culture and belief systems. This display explores the cultural interaction that influenced the mask’s form and examines the ubiquity of Sowei masks in museums around the world.
Saturday 16 February a live masquerade performance by a London-based all-female Sande initiation society is to take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Great Court.
Thursday 21 February, sees a Gallery Talk – ‘Sowo wui: a Sierra Leonean mask between worlds’ at 1.15 p.m., in Room 3, by Paul Basu, an independent speaker. Gallery talks last 45 minutes.
For further information on these free events, visit the British Museum website for full information.
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