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Crest Mask

African, Guinea, Nalu peoples (possibly)
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Guinea

Dimensions

Overall: 89 x 25 x 14.5 cm (35 1/16 x 9 13/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2639

Medium or Technique

wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Masks

The Nalu live north of the Baga on the Atlantic coast near modern-day Guinea. During the period after Guinea gained independence from France, a precarious Marxist-Islamic state was established and many traditional art forms were eradicated. This mask, possibly a tonkongba, would have been housed in a shrine with other objects that may have held healing properties.

Provenance

1963, sold by Galerie Carrefour, Paris, 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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart