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Headdress (ciwara)

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Antelope headdresses are 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. The antelope is an important figure in the agricultural life of the Bamana and was responsible for teaching men the...

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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, Mali, Bamana peoples, 20th century

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Overall: 32.4 x 8 x 59.5 cm (12 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 23 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

wood, metal


Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts