Mask (bagle)

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


Object Place: Liberia / Ivory Coast

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2009.2705

Medium or Technique

Wood, metal

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Inscription

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

Provenance

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