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This mask may be a hyena (Surukuw) mask used during the Kore initiation ritual. It is one of three types of masks associated with the society, the other two being the monkey (Sulaw) and the lion (Jaraw). The Kore initiation society was an important rite of passage for teenage boys. The boys, who...

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Provenance

1970, acquired in France by 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, Mali, Bamana peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 65 x 15.5 x 18 cm (25 9/16 x 6 1/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2569

Medium or Technique

wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks