We peoples
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Liberia or Cote d'Ivoire


Overall: 32 x 28 x 23 cm (12 5/8 x 11 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment, fur, horn, cloth, fibers

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



The angular forms and fierce expression of Wè masks can be striking - this threatening male mask with bulging slit eyes, gaping mouth, heavily painted surfaces and attached fur would be combined with a leather headdress with wooden, animal-teeth-like extensions. During special events, young men put on these masks and headdresses, donned fiber skirts and transformed themselves into otherworldly beings, performing songs and dances.


? examined on site


1969, sold by Mr. Kabah, 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