African Art

Young Bride Mask (Zigiren Wòndè)

early 20th century

Wood and brass tacks

27 1/2 x 6 x 5 in. (69.85 x 15.24 x 12.7 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.352
Contrary to its name, which means “young bride,” this Zigiren Wòndè mask depicts a married woman who has given birth, as indicated by her long, prominent breasts. The wearer holds the two projections to stabilize the mask, which is worn during funerary ceremonies, initiation rituals, and harvesting festivals.
Culture: 
Baga Koba
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Masks
Geography: 
Made in Guinea Coast, Guinea
Status: 
On view*
Provenance: 

John Friede, New York: unknown dates
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006): 222.

Frederick John Lamp, Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2012), 230, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.