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The meaning of Dogon masquerades and masks has been open to much speculation. This example is one among more than seventy-eight different Dogon mask types, ranging from animals and humans to abstract configurations that performed during complex funerary rituals organized by Ava (or Awa), a men's...

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Provenance

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, Dogon peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Mali

Dimensions

Height x width: 15 3/8 x 7 1/16 in. (39 x 18 cm)

Accession Number

2009.2607

Medium or Technique

wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks