Collection online


  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Black wooden helmet mask with small face and elaborate coiffure.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20thC(early) (?)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35.5 centimetres
    • Width: 21 centimetres (l)
    • Depth: 27 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Sowei mask for the Sande female secret society.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition


  • Associated events

    • Designed for: Sande secret society
  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: EAF121067

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help