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This mask may have been used during Poro initiation ceremonies. Practiced among many groups throughout the West African forest region, the Poro initiation society was responsible for transforming male children into men. It is said that the the Poro spirit "eats" young boys and then spits them...

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Provenance

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, Liberia, Mano peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Liberia

Dimensions

Overall: 29 x 16 x 13 cm (11 7/16 x 6 5/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2599

Medium or Technique

Wood, nails, fur, earth or pigment encrustation

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks