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Man Spirit Mask

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The iron holds a complex network of meanings for Willie Cole, recalling the domestic servitude of many African-American women (Cole's mother and grandmother both worked as housekeepers), but also referring through its shape to slave ships and African tribal art. Here he superimposes the pattern...

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Provenance

Alexander and Bonin, New York; from whom purchased by MFA, 27 April 2005

Credit Line

Lee M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

© Willie Cole

1999

Dimensions

Platemark: 67.3 x 99.4 cm (26 1/2 x 39 1/8 in.) Sheet: 67.3 x 99.4 cm (26 1/2 x 39 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2005.125.1

Medium or Technique

Photo etching printed in brown, with embossing, hand coloring in lemon juice, and scorching (left panel of triptych)

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