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The Baga, who occupy the inland waterways of Guinea near the Atlantic Ocean, have a number of masking traditions. This headdress may be a representation of a new bride (Zigiren-Wonde?) and would have been used during marital ceremonies. The pendulous breasts are a reference to fertility, which...

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Provenance

By 1960, Tony Ciolkowski, Paris, France; 1960, sold by Tony Ciolkowski to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Guinea, Baga peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Guinea

Dimensions

Overall: 71 x 18 x 20 cm (27 15/16 x 7 1/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2564

Medium or Technique

wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks