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The angular forms and fierce expression of Wè masks can be striking - this threatening male mask with bulging slit eyes, gaping mouth, heavily painted surfaces and attached fur would be combined with a leather headdress with wooden, animal-teeth-like extensions. During special events, young men...

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Inscription

? examined on site

Provenance

1969, sold by Mr. Kabah, 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, We peoples, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Liberia / Ivory Coast

Dimensions

Overall: 32 x 28 x 23 cm (12 5/8 x 11 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2703

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment, fur, horn, cloth, fibers

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture