African, Dan peoples, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire
20th century, 1950–2000
Object Place: Liberia / Ivory Coast
Overall: 24 x 14 x 9 cm (9 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart