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Crest Mask

possibly Nalu
20th century
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Guinea


Overall: 89 x 25 x 14.5 cm (35 1/16 x 9 13/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



The Nalu live north of the Baga on the Atlantic coast near modern-day Guinea. During the period after Guinea gained independence from France, a precarious Marxist-Islamic state was established and many traditional art forms were eradicated. This mask, possibly a tonkongba, would have been housed in a shrine with other objects that may have held healing properties.


1963, sold by Galerie Carrefour, Paris, 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