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Head crest (basketry stand)

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Basketry stand used to support and display Ngoin mask. Ngoin like this one perform during men's death celebrations; today, they also appear at political events and official celebrations. They belong to important men in charge of large families. A young man wore this female mask like a helmet on...

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1979, sold by Mr. Sillah (or Silla), Cambridge, MA, 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, Bamum peoples, Cameroon, 20th century, 1950–2000

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Overall (Approximately): 10 x 45 cm (3 15/16 x 17 11/16 in.)

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Africa and Oceania