Long face mask

Mano or Kpelle peoples
20th century, 1920–50
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Liberia or Guinea

Dimensions

Overall: 36 x 14 x 12.5 cm (14 3/16 x 5 1/2 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2702

Medium or Technique

Wood, fur, metal, encrustation

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture

The elongated features, narrow-set tubular eyes, arched eyebrows, and incised lines along the side of the face, representing scarifications, suggest that this mask can be attributed to the Konor, northern Mano, or Kpelle peoples, who live near each other in Guinea and Liberia. The fur beard once covered an attached movable jaw. Similar masks belonged to men’s associations and appeared during judicial proceedings.

Inscription

white adhesive label inside back: "28(42)"
red bordered paper label with black marks: "D 13"

in ink at top center: "J"

Provenance

1947, 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