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"Glewa" or "gle va" - dispute-settling or judging mask. Before the introduction of legal systems based on European models, these impressive maskers were called upon to settle major disputes and conflicts between villages. Nowadays they adjudicate cases that fall outside the jurisdiction of...

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2 white adhesive labels (1 inside back, 1 under jaw): "12(69); red plastic label under jaw: "69"; white label removed from R side: "D17"; white cloth tape label at TC back: "11"; printed white paper label TL back: "45"; white red bordered label C back in red ink:"D24"; in marker TC back:"D24"; in marker C back:"DA17"


1960s, acquired in Paris 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, We peoples, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Liberia / Ivory Coast


Overall: 37 x 18.2 x 21 cm (14 9/16 x 7 3/16 x 8 1/4 in.) (with mouth open)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, metal, pigment


Africa and Oceania