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This buffalo mask once belonged to a male cult association, which fulfilled political and ritual functions on the village level and was owned by an extended family. Maskers wear such wooden headpieces with massive fiber costumes during their appearances. The Guro artists who produced this piece...

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Provenance

1965, sold by Claude Verité of the Galerie Carrefour, Paris, 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, Guro peoples, Cote d'Ivoire, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Cote d'Ivoire

Dimensions

Overall: 67.3 x 25.5 x 22 cm (26 1/2 x 10 1/16 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2673

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture