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This graceful female figure, with its lush, blackened surfaces and elegant facial features-the small closed mouth, downcast eyes, and pronounced neckline-recalls the characteristics of Sande helmet masks. It personifies the refined Mende woman, standing erect with her hands placed on her legs....

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Mid-1970s, sold by Michel Huguenin of the Galerie Majestic, 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)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Mende peoples, Sierra Leone, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Sierra Leone


Overall: 65 x 17 x 14 cm (25 9/16 x 6 11/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Africa and Oceania