A bunjue is a musical instrument worn around the waists of dancing girls, or Sampa , initiated into the Sande (Mende) or Bundu (Temne) society. The remaining elements of the costume include a raffia skirt, string vest, and crested cap. This example has 31 bunches of brown nut rattles attached by cane pendants to a plaited fibre belt. Alldridge mentions Bunjue in The Sherbro and its Hinterland, 1901, page 244 and Figure. 67.

Further Information

  • Type: Body adornment, jewellery, Musical instruments, Religious/ritual equipment, charms
  • Object: Bunjue
  • Materials: Vegetable, organic fibre
  • Culture Group: Mende
  • Dimensions: 371mm x 473mm x 84mm
  • Production Date: Pre 1899
  • Associated Places: Befuin [near Yandahun]
  • Associated People: Thomas Joshua Alldridge (Collector)
  • Museum: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • Accession Number: BMAG:R3483/5

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