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Antelope Headdress

20th century
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Burkina Faso


Overall: 120.5 x 15 cm (47 7/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, paint or pigment

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



The Kurumba peoples occupy portions of modern day Burkina Faso. This antelope headdress, which would be accompanied by a raffia costume during performances, was used during ancestral ceremonies designed to aid the dead in their travel to ancestorhood. The headdresses are adorned with colors and patterns similar to Dogon masks used during annual ritual cycles.


1979, purchased 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