Minsereh figure

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Minsereh figure, late 19th/early 20th century
African, Sierra Leone, Mende people
Wood with black patina

Donated by A. Aitken, 1912
Museum number 1912-46-5-2

This figure was used by the leader of the Njayei society as a 'spirit medium' to cure certain mental conditions. According to Mende belief these conditions were either due to 'witchcraft' or a breach of the rules laid down by the society. The use of the figure was the key to future recovery.

Minsereh figure
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