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Funerary bed

The Senufo peoples of West Africa have elaborate funerary ceremonies that can last for several days. Masquerades are performed by members of the Poro men's society and masqueraders help to usher the newly deceased into the "village of the dead". Throughout the funerary process, there is an...

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By 1987, Galerie Majestic, Paris France; 1987, sold by Galerie Majestic to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Ivory Coast, Senufo peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Cote d'Ivoire


Overall: 27 x 42 x 183 cm (10 5/8 x 16 9/16 x 72 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



Africa and Oceania


Furniture, Seating and Beds