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The angular forms and fierce expression of Wè masks can be striking - this threatening male mask with tubular cheeks, projecting eyes and gaping mouth with metal teeth give it a ferocious expression. Narrow slits below the sharply delineated forehead would barely allow the wearer to see his...

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round white label inside back: "2"; red plastic label inside back: "83"; round pink label written in ink, partially obscured by red label: "...B"


1960s, sold by an unidentified African merchant, 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


Overall: 24.5 x 14 x 12.5 cm (9 5/8 x 5 1/2 x 4 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, raffia, cloth, metal, nails


Africa and Oceania