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

Object Place: Cote d'Ivoire/Liberia


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

wood and braided fiber

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



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.


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