Sistrum

African, Bamana peoples, Mali
20th century, about 1960
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 55 x 34 x 15 cm (21 5/8 x 13 3/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2769

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments

Among the many objects that arrived in the McMillan Collection through Bamako is this sistrum, a musical instrument. Long overlooked, these works first came to the attention of American collectors when such an instrument appeared in a 1960 catalogue and exhibition devoted to the Bamana at New York’s Museum of Primitive Art.

Provenance

1960s, sold by Mr. Coulibaly (probably Amadou Coulibaly; dealer), Bamako, Mali 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