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Min/Minsereh Figure
Min/Minsereh Figure
Min/Minsereh Figure
Min/Minsereh Figure

Photo credit: Horniman Museum and Gardens

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This figure has a long segmented neck, with segmentation appearing in two main sections. Scarification marks have been incised along the lower back. The hairstyle resembles that common on Bundu or Sande helmet masks, with a central ridge.

The term ‘min’ or ‘minsereh’ figure has broadly been used to refer to any carved female wooden figures. Min figures are traditionally used as part of the Yasi (Bullom) or Njayei (Mende) society for curing sickness, though they have also been associated with the Sande society. They contain spiritual power which is given to the figure by members of the society rather than the carver.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Forest Hill




H 44 x W 6 x D 6.8 cm

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gifted to the Horniman Museum

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