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Cow mask (vaca bruto)

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Until the 1960s, when bovine helmet masks like this caught collectors' attention, objects of the Bidjogo peoples rarely appeared in the art market. Called vaca bruto ("wild cattle"), these masks are associated with the cabaro age group (men ranging from seventeen to twenty-seven), in a male...

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By 1973, Galerie Majestic (Michel Huguenin), Paris France; 1973, sold by Galerie Majestic to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Bidjogo peoples, Guinea Bissau, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Bissagos Islands, Guinea Bissau


Overall: 26 x 46.5 x 35 cm (10 1/4 x 18 5/16 x 13 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, paint, horn, rope, plant fiber, nails


Africa and Oceania