This is inspired by the Bundu mask which is used by Mende girls in their transition to womanhood. Sande Society helmet masks like this are usually black, never colorful. What we have here was done by a modern artist from Africa. It is part of a unique exhibit called “Disguise: Masks and Global African Arts” at the Brooklyn Museum until Sunday, Sep 18th. I know I have a few readers who live in the NYC area. I think you will enjoy the show. If not, the Museum also has a fine permanent collection of African tribal art. Here are two websites that will tell you more.