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Shark fin shoulder mask

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The Bidjogo live on the Bissagos Islands off the coast of Guinea Bissau. This shark fin appendage was worn on the shoulder and was part of a larger dance costume worn by young men being initiated into adulthood. The newly initiated warriors wore heavy costumes representing sharks, crocodiles,...

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By 1977, Galerie Majestic, Paris France; 1977, sold by Galerie Majestic to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Guinea Bissau, Bidjogo peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Guinea Bissau


Height x width: 21 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (54 x 9.5 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, paint, braided plant fiber, nails


Africa and Oceania