African, Malinke peoples, Mali
20th century, 1950–2000
Object Place: Mali
Overall: 50 x 19 x 12.5 cm (19 11/16 x 7 1/2 x 4 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wood and metal (aluminum alloy)
Not On View
Ntomo, a children’s association found among the Bamana and their Malinke neighbors, teaches youngsters to behave properly and readies them for adulthood. The members perform with masks that are easily recognizable by their extensions on top and embellishments. This mask with hammered aluminum strips and decorative elements is typical of more recent works produced for both African and foreign patrons.
white label inside back printed: "24"
1990s, sold by Mrs. Sillah (or Silla), Cambridge, MA, 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