Ram mask

African, Cote d'Ivoire, Baule peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Ivory Coast

Dimensions

Overall: 23.5 x 14 x 10.5 cm (9 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2583

Medium or Technique

wood and pigment

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Masks

Unlike the much larger Baule masks, which are not supposed to be seen by women, this mask, possibly an ngbolo mask, is much smaller and was used for entertainment purposes. These masks can take on a variety of anthropomorphic or zoomorphic forms and this one depicts a ram whose horns curve downward to frame the face. Masks of this kind may have been used at funerary celebrations or during theater performances

Provenance

1960, acquired in Paris 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