Requires Photography


20th century
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Mali


Overall: 95 x 67.5 x 14 cm (37 3/8 x 26 9/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

wood, paint, beads, metal cords

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



This mask, called a Satimbe, represents the yasagine. The yasagine is a small group of Dogon women that have been initiated into the Awa society, the society of men responsible for performing masquerades. They represent the group of women that, in Dogon origin stories, discovered masks. Men then took control of the masks and barred women, with the exception of the yasagine, from participating in masking rituals.


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