Mask

African, Liberia, Mano peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Liberia

Dimensions

Overall: 29 x 16 x 13 cm (11 7/16 x 6 5/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2599

Medium or Technique

Wood, nails, fur, earth or pigment encrustation

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Masks

This mask may have been used during Poro initiation ceremonies. Practiced among many groups throughout the West African forest region, the Poro initiation society was responsible for transforming male children into men. It is said that the the Poro spirit “eats” young boys and then spits them back out as men.

Provenance

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