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Funerary bed

African, Ivory Coast, Senufo peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Cote d'Ivoire

Dimensions

Overall: 27 x 42 x 183 cm (10 5/8 x 16 9/16 x 72 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2649

Medium or Technique

wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Seating and beds

The Senufo peoples of West Africa have elaborate funerary ceremonies that can last for several days. Masquerades are performed by members of the Poro men’s society and masqueraders help to usher the newly deceased into the “village of the dead”. Throughout the funerary process, there is an elaborate exchange of gifts between the deceased’s family and other members of the community. A deceased elder would likely have been placed on a funerary bed similar to this one before the funerary rituals begin.

Provenance

1987, sold by Galerie Majestic, 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