Mask (bagle)

African, Dan peoples, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Liberia / Ivory Coast


Overall: 24 x 14 x 9 cm (9 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, metal

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



This finely carved oval-faced head piece displays a horizontal mark on its forehead that recalls an ancient form of scarification. Though it’s difficult to identify without its associated costume or clues that might emerge in performance, the mask most closely resembles bagle, a male masker who dances during festivals.


3 labels on back: illegible; red plastic label on back C: "80"


1950s, sold by an unidentified African merchant, 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