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Head crest in the form of serpents

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This vertical head crest is linked to a dance called nama tyétyé performed by secular village associations called Ton, which concern themselves with success in agriculture and encourage their young members to become good farmers. Part of masquerades during these Ton dances, head dresses often...

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June, 1990, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Bamana peoples, Mali, 20th century


55.88 cm (22 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, fiber


Africa and Oceania