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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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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Bamana peoples, Mali, 20th century

Dimensions

55.88 cm (22 in.)

Accession Number

1994.416

Medium or Technique

Wood, fiber

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture