Publication: 1901. Alldridge, Thomas J. The Sherbro and Its Hinterland. Original language:
Minsereh Fetish Images used in connection with the Yassi medicineText:
Spots are the outward distinguishing sign of this remarkable Yassi order: - everything must be spotted, the house, the Kambehs, the sword, the drum, everything must be spotted, excepting the wooden Minsereh figures, which are entirely black...The Minsereh images (Figure 51) are always female figures, and perform a very important part in the working of the fetish; as it is through them that the information is to be supplied in respect to any matter which may be brought forward. The Yassi medicine house is always located within a town or fakai, and is known to all by coloured spots daubed over it, whereas the Bundu location is a secret place in the bush. (p145)
Illustration technique: b/w studio photograph
Publication page: facing 150 (though illustration has the following notation: "To face page 148"
Publication plate/figure: plate (fig. 51)
Related images: Image first published by Alldridge in 1901, then by Hutchinson in 1913: see #s 6, 2404.
See the same style of Southern Bullom (Sherbro) figure in #s 6, 862.2/1, 912.54, 912.55, 1029, 1710/2, 2175/1, 2404.
#s 6 & 2404 are the same figure as are 862.2/1 & 1710/2 and 912.54 & 912.55.
• Sierra Leone (Country, region, place)
• carved wood (Materials and techniques)
• female (Notable features)
• healing (Notable features)
• fertility (Notable features)
• hairstyle (Notable features)
• ringed neck (Notable features)
• Yassi Society (Notable features)
• divination object (Object name, type)
• standing figure (Object name, type)
• statue (Object name, type)
• minsereh (Object name, type)
• sculpture (Object name, type)
• Southern Bullom (Style, culture group)
• Sherbro (Style, culture group)
• British Museum, London; registration nos. Af1901,0722.4 (on left) Af1901,0722.6 (on right). (Current collection)
• T.J. Alldridge; purchased by British Museum, London from Mrs. Alldridge in 1901. (Collection at time of publication)