User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Human animal Hybrids

Age Group: Middle School

Assigned Gallery #: Gallery 177

Title: Human Animal hybrids


How are animals and humans combined in different cultures and time periods?

What characteristics & powers do human animal hybrids have?

What animal powers would you want to have?

Project: add animal features to our faces by making masks.

Objects/ Galleries*

We’re going to look at objects 1 and 2 for the practice tour

1991.1072 - Mask (Kepong or Ges); Papua New Guinea (New Ireland); 19th century Fiber, wood, pigment

1989.312 - Ganesha with Consorts; Surasena(?), Eastern Rajasthan, India’ early 11th century; sandstone

Mask (gitenga), Western Pende Region, Democratic Republic of the Congo, mid 20th century, Rattan, vegetable fiber, turco feathers, pigment (this is a promised gift so no accession number. See video)

29.139 - John Singer Sargent, Sketch for Chiron and Achilles, 1922-24, oil and graphite on canvas

Instructor Tour Routes

Emily - 1, 2, 3, 4 - DCL

Julianna - 4, 3, 2, 1 - WS

Art Activity

Mask making

Fold and cut out animal aspects from railroad board (ears, horn, beak)

Use glue dots to attach to mask

Decorate with feathers and crayons - draw fur/feather texture


Railroad board, glue dots, paper, crayons, mask template, hole punch, mask elastic, feathers, pipe cleaners, twistee wire

Touchable masks  for tour

Created By

Emily Mogavero


The Arts