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A dance costume, such as this one, would be worn by a male Senufo dancer during masked performances. Masquerades among the Senufo are under the direction of the Poro men's society and there exists a large quantity of different masks, most of which are female masks danced by men. Masquerades are...

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1970s, sold by the Galerie Ascher, 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, Senufo peoples, Cote d'Ivoire, 20th century, 1950–75

Object Place

Cote d'Ivoire


Overall: 136 x 170 cm (53 9/16 x 66 15/16 in.) with outstretched arms

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Medium or Technique

Fiber, pigment


Africa and Oceania