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Ram mask

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Unlike the much larger Baule masks, which are not supposed to be seen by women, this mask, possibly an ngbolo mask, is much smaller and was used for entertainment purposes. These masks can take on a variety of anthropomorphic or zoomorphic forms and this one depicts a ram whose horns curve...

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1960, 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, Cote d'Ivoire, Baule peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Ivory Coast


Overall: 23.5 x 14 x 10.5 cm (9 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

wood and pigment


Africa and Oceania