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Among the many objects that arrived in the McMillan Collection through Bamako is this sistrum, a musical instrument. Long overlooked, these works first came to the attention of American collectors when such an instrument appeared in a 1960 catalogue and exhibition devoted to the Bamana at New...

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1960s, sold by Mr. Coulibaly (probably Amadou Coulibaly; dealer), Bamako, Mali 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)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Bamana peoples, Mali, 20th century, about 1960

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Overall: 55 x 34 x 15 cm (21 5/8 x 13 3/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Africa and Oceania


Musical instruments