User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Mask (glewa)

Start collecting

"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...

Show Full Description

Inscription

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"

Provenance

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2009.2704

Medium or Technique

Wood, metal, pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture