bowl

African, Liberia/Côte d'Ivoire, Dan peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Cote d'Ivoire/Liberia

Dimensions

Height x width: 5 7/8 in., 32 cm (15 cm, 12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2602

Medium or Technique

wood and braided fiber

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Tableware

Among the Dan peoples, bowls such as this one were especially important. Good hospitality and inviting friends for dinner is an important indication of prestige and status. Preparing food and other aspects of domestic life are under the control of women, and hospitality is a chief concern. This bowl may have been used as a serving vessel during meals and it is decorated with abstract geometric patterns.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart