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Headdress (ci wara)

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Most collections formed after World War II contain antelope headdresses-iconic works of African art. They were part of a mask belonging to the members of the ci wara association, which initiates young men into adult tasks, among them the cultivation of the fields. This headdress, inserted into a...

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1960s, acquired in Bamako, Mali, 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)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Bamana peoples, Mali, 20th century, 1950–2000

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Overall: 39.8 x 21.5 x 52 cm (15 11/16 x 8 7/16 x 20 1/2 in.)

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Wood, basketry, beads, string


Africa and Oceania