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Hunter's Hat

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Among the Mande peoples, including the Bamana, shirts and headdresses with potent substances ritually protect and fortify hunters, who venture into the wilderness and confront unpredictable spirits and dangerous animals. Along with the hunter's tunic, the hat fortified the hunter, with horns...

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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, Mande peoples, Mali, 20th century, 1950–2000

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Overall (Shirt): 86 x 66 cm (33 7/8 x 26 in.) Overall (shirt): 130 x 103 cm (51 3/16 x 40 9/16 in.) Overall (cap): 16 x 26 x 16 cm (6 5/16 x 10 1/4 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Cloth, leather, mirrors, metal, horn or bone, shells, bird skulls, fur, paper, yarn


Africa and Oceania