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This mask, belonging to the Kono secret society, represents a mythical beast that possesses hyena, elephant, and antelope qualities. The exact function of the Kono secret society is difficult to discern nut members are responsible for ensuring fertility (both female and agricultural), punishing...

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1958, 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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Cote d'Ivoire, Kono peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Cote d'Ivoire


Overall: 83 x 25 x 19 cm (32 11/16 x 9 13/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

wood, encrustation, metal


Africa and Oceania