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Living near the Bamana in southern Mali, the Malinke carve figures and masks that closely resemble those of their neighbors. This small, delicately carved figure standing on a domed base bears intricate geometric incising. A visual tension is created between the round crested head with its...

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Dr. Helen Kuhn, Los Angeles. April, 1984, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art (stock no. 51-4968), New York, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1996)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Malinke peoples, Mali, 20th century


54.61 cm (21 1/2 in.)

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Africa and Oceania