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The Bidjogo use clothing as a way to differentiate between age-grades. During the fanado period, adolescent females are taken into a hut with a priestess for three days. During this period, the girls learn about their role as protectors of the souls of boys who died before being initiated into...

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By 1973, Galerie Majestic, Paris France; 1973, 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

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Medium or Technique

raffia and dye


Africa and Oceania