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Mask (bikeghe)

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Masks such as this one appeared in Fang initiations and at other ceremonial occasions largely concerned with community crisis and protection. Some of these masks are elongated, others have two or four faces. Both types frequently show white, heart-shaped faces framed by arching brows. This large...

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Provenance

June 18, 1986, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York (stock no. 51-7995), to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1991, year-end gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Fang peoples, Gabon, Late 19th to early 20th century

Object Place

Middle Ogowe River area, Gabon

Dimensions

48.26 cm (19 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1067

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks