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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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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


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

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Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment


Africa and Oceania