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Ceremonial staff

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This Dan ceremonial staff is in the shape of a spear with three heads carved into its handle. Staffs, such as this one, indicate that the owner is an important member of his community. Staffs and other prestige items are associated with chiefly titles and other local authorities. Such items...

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Acquired in Paris by 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: 145.5 x 7 x 6 cm (57 5/16 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, metal, cloth, string


Africa and Oceania


Ceremonial artifacts