User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Shark fin shoulder mask

Start collecting

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,...

Show Full Description


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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment, braided plant fiber, nails


Africa and Oceania