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Mask (sirige)

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Sirige masks are among more than seventy-eight different Dogon mask types, ranging from animals and humans to abstract configurations. Siringe 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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1964, sold by Pierre Verite, Galerie Carrefour, 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)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

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

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Other (Main element): 228 x 22.1 x 19 cm (89 3/4 x 8 11/16 x 7 1/2 in.) Other (Upper fragment): 113 x 13.3 x 2.2 cm (44 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment, nail, rope


Africa and Oceania