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Mask (bagle)

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This finely carved oval-faced head piece displays a horizontal mark on its forehead that recalls an ancient form of scarification. Though it's difficult to identify without its associated costume or clues that might emerge in performance, the mask most closely resembles bagle, a male masker who...

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Inscription

3 labels on back: illegible; red plastic label on back C: "80"

Provenance

1950s, 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, Dan peoples, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Liberia / Ivory Coast

Dimensions

Overall: 24 x 14 x 9 cm (9 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2705

Medium or Technique

Wood, metal

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture