Object Place: Cote d'Ivoire; Liberia
Height x width: 5 7/8 in., 32 cm (15 cm, 12 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
wood and braided fiber
Not On View
Among the Dan peoples, bowls such as this one were especially important. Good hospitality and inviting friends for dinner is an important indication of prestige and status. Preparing food and other aspects of domestic life are under the control of women, and hospitality is a chief concern. This bowl may have been used as a serving vessel during meals and it is decorated with abstract geometric patterns.
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)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart