Rabbit Mask (walu)

African, Mali, Dogon peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 36 x 16.5 x 13 cm (14 3/16 x 6 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2608

Medium or Technique

wood, paint, metal

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Masks

The meaning of Dogon masquerades and masks has been open to much speculation. There are more than seventy-eight different Dogon mask types, ranging from animals and humans to abstract configurations. This rabbit mask is among several types of Dogon masks that represent animals of the hunt. In Dogon cosmology, it is the rabbit that ate the first crops planted by the fox. Along with the monkey mask, the rabbit mask represents animals that pose a threat to crops.

Provenance

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