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Bowl on a base

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Many objects made by the Dan and their neighbors, including this bowl, left Africa through Abidjan, where galleries and high-end merchants catered to collectors. Such bowls are associated with the female domain, and the generosity and hospitality of women who excel in cooking and hard work. Each...

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red plastic label on side of foot: "137"


1966, sold by Samir Borro, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, 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, Dan peoples, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Liberia / Ivory Coast


Overall: 26 x 48 cm (10 1/4 x 18 7/8 in.) (slightly irregular)

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Medium or Technique

Wood and braided fibers


Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts