Mask (zamble)

20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Cote d'Ivoire


Overall: 41 x 15.6 x 14 cm (16 1/8 x 6 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



Horns are the trademark of the zamble mask-being, who portrays the bushbuck antelope. In performance, zamble drapes a cloth over its back and the rim of the mask and wears the pelt of a wild cat associated with the wilderness, as well as a fiber skirt and other paraphernalia, such as bells on its arms. Its trademark is a whip, which it cracks vigorously


white adhesive label inside: "34"


1974, acquired in Bamako, Mali, by 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