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Shark fin shoulder mask

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This shark's dorsal fin displays colorful designs, including the outlines of a shark and possibly a ray. Worn on the masker's back, it was part of a shark costume that belonged to the young men in the cabaro age group. The men brought a variety of sea creatures to life in their performances,...

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Provenance

By 1973, Galerie Majestic (Michel Huguenin) Paris, France; 1973, sold by Galerie Majestic to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Bidjogo peoples, Guinea Bissau, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Bissagos Islands, Guinea Bissau

Dimensions

Overall: 62 x 61 x 12.5 cm (24 7/16 x 24 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2694

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment, braided plant fiber, nails

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture