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Male face



Overall: 2.8 x 2.5 cm (1 1/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone or plaster

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



This face is painted a deep dull-red. The eyes and eyebrows are outlined in black. There is a painted black rim that runs around the the entire exterior of the face, possibly representing the hair and a beard(?). The back of the face is somewhat finished as it is painted white, but is slightly rough. How it was used is a question. There is a break at the chin area. The color is chipped and missing in spots. The white stone or plaster is fairly soft.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way