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Mask (kanaga)

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Kanaga masks are among more than seventy-eight different Dogon mask types, ranging from animals and humans to abstract configurations. Kanaga masks facilitated the transition of the deceased into the realm of ancestorhood during complex funerary rituals organized by Ava (or Awa), a men's...

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Provenance

Late 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, Dogon peoples, Mali, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 98 x 55 x 21 cm (38 9/16 x 21 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2711

Medium or Technique

Wood, leather, rope, pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture