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Mask

This mask, called a Satimbe, represents the yasagine. The yasagine is a small group of Dogon women that have been initiated into the Awa society, the society of men responsible for performing masquerades. They represent the group of women that, in Dogon origin stories, discovered masks. Men then...

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Mali, Dogon peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 95 x 67.5 x 14 cm (37 3/8 x 26 9/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2606

Medium or Technique

wood, paint, beads, metal cords

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks