Ntomo Mask

African, Malinke peoples, Mali
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 50 x 19 x 12.5 cm (19 11/16 x 7 1/2 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2674

Medium or Technique

Wood and metal (aluminum alloy)

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Inscription

white label inside back printed: "24"

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart