Helmet or Mblo Portrait Mask Cote d'Ivoire African Art 1426
Masquerade performances play an important symbolic role in the Sande Society. The mask is worn by the ndoli jowei (“the sowei who dances”) along with a black raffia and textile costume which completely conceals her identity.
Traditionally, the ndoli jowei appears at specific stages of the period of transition at events that are accompanied by music, dancing and singing
In fact, the openworked crenellation on the beard refers to that. The hairdo is composed of three lobes, which were also finely carved and decorated with triangular motifs.