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The elongated features, narrow-set tubular eyes, arched eyebrows, and incised lines along the side of the face, representing scarifications, suggest that this mask can be attributed to the Konor, northern Mano, or Kpelle peoples, who live near each other in Guinea and Liberia. The fur beard once...

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Inscription

white adhesive label inside back: "28(42)" red bordered paper label with black marks: "D 13" in ink at top center: "J"

Provenance

By 1947, Galerie Carrefour (Pierre Verite), Paris France; 1947, sold by Galerie Carrefour to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, northern Mano, or Kpelle peoples, Guine, 20th century, 1920–50

Object Place

Liberia or Guinea

Dimensions

Overall: 36 x 14 x 12.5 cm (14 3/16 x 5 1/2 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2702

Medium or Technique

Wood, fur, metal, encrustation

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture