The Dancing Sowei

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

This exhibition focuses on one spectacular work in the Cantor's collection--a sowei mask, used by the women-only Sande Society that is unique to Sierra Leone. Take an in-depth look at a sowei's aesthetic expressions of elegance, from its serene gaze of inner spirituality to the corpulent neck rolls that signify health and wealth--a beauty as defined and danced by women.

This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock had to say about The Dancing Sowei :

Centered on a single extraordinary object, a traditional 1920s/1930s helmet mask (sowei, or ndoli jowei) from the Sierra Leone and a cultural artifact of the Sande Society, a women-only secret society that spans Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. Made from wood, leopard tooth, clay and fiber, the mask represents beauty as defined by a society of women.

Event Info
Ends in 10 days:
Mar 21 → Mar 02
Wednesday-Monday: 11-5, Thursday 11-8, Closed Tuesdays.
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
328 Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford
Info: 650-723-4177
Venue: 650/723-4177
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