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Ntomo Mask

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Ntomo, a children's association found among the Bamana and their Malinke neighbors, teaches youngsters to behave properly and readies them for adulthood. The members perform with masks that are easily recognizable by their extensions on top and embellishments. This mask with hammered aluminum...

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Inscription

white label inside back printed: "24"

Provenance

1990s, sold by Mrs. Sillah (or Silla), Cambridge, MA, 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, Malinke peoples, Mali, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 50 x 19 x 12.5 cm (19 11/16 x 7 1/2 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2674

Medium or Technique

Wood and metal (aluminum alloy)

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture