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No. 4.1
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Publication: 1910. Alldridge, Thomas J. A Transformed Colony: Sierra Leone as it Was, and as it Is. Its Progress, Peoples, Native Customs and Undeveloped Wealth..

Original language: English

Caption: A Marriage Ceremony. Bundu devils, on the left, waiting to receive presents from the husbands elect of the Bundu initiates.

Text: "Five empty gin-cases were produced and placed in the form of a crescent on the ground, upon which the five devils clothed in this curious fibre costume sat. Over the lower part of the dress was unrolled before each devil a palm-leaf mat which reached to the waist, the unused portion being drawn out on the ground in front. The devils sat in perfect quiet awaiting the offerings which were to be presented to them by the husbands-elect of the girls in return for the four months they had spent with the initiates in the Bundu bush. A heterogeneous collection of things was soon placed before the sowehs who were sitting near the devils, consisting of demi-johns of rum, bottles of gin, leaf-tobacco, country-cloths, and many other articles." (p. 224)

Illustrator: Bennett and/or Alldridge, Bennett, G. H. and/or T. J. Alldridge
Illustration technique: b/w field photograph

Publication page: facing 220

Publication plate/figure: plate, top

• Sierra Leone (Country, region, place)
• fiber (Materials and techniques)
• wood (Materials and techniques)
• mats (Notable features)
• umbrellas (Notable features)
• ceremony (Notable features)
• masqueraders (Notable features)
• villagers (Notable features)
• helmet masks (Object name, type)
• sowei (Object name, type)
• Mende (Style, culture group)

Jim Ross, (11/2/2012):

 This image appears in Bundu. Sowei Headpieces of the Sande Society of West Africa. The Imperato Family Collection by Gavin H. Imperato and Pascal James Imperato (2012) 49, fig 16 ith the following caption: "Three ndoli joweisia seated on the left awaiting the presentation of gifts by the husbands elect of recent initiates, Sierra Leone (Thomas J. Alldridge, 1910, opposite page 220)."

Jim Ross, (1/18/2015):

 This image appears in the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History publication Representing Woman. Sande Masquerades of the Mende of Sierra Leone by Ruth B. Phillips (1995) 86, fig. 4.13 with the following caption: "A 'pulling' celebration at the turn of the century. From Alldridge 1910."