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The meaning of Dogon masquerades and masks has been open to much speculation. There are more than seventy-eight different Dogon mask types, ranging from animals and humans to abstract configurations that performed during complex funerary rituals organized by Ava (or Awa), a men's society. They...

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1965, sold by Galerie Carrefour, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Mali, Dogon peoples, 20th Century, 20th century

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Overall: 89 x 21.5 x 19 cm (35 1/16 x 8 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

wood, paint, encrustation, rope


Africa and Oceania