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Kore monkey mask

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The Kore initiation society was an important rite of passage for teenage boys. The boys, who were taken from the village and symbolically "killed", returned to the village as men. During their initiation ritual, would-be initiates were subjected to physical tests as they learned about medicine,...

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Provenance

1964, sold by Galerie Carrefour, Paris, 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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Mali, Bamana peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 32 x 20 x 18 cm (12 5/8 x 7 7/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2570

Medium or Technique

wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks