Mask (sirige) - Upper section

20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Mali


Other (Upper section): 113 x 13.3 x 2.2 cm (44 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment, nail, rope

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



Sirige masks are among more than seventy-eight different Dogon mask types, ranging from animals and humans to abstract configurations. Siringe masks facilitated the transition of the deceased into the realm of ancestorhood during complex funerary rituals organized by Ava (or Awa), a men’s society. Such masks are among the most famous and sought-after works in African art. Tourists have visited Dogon country and purchased similar masks produced for the market since the 1930s.


1964, sold by Pierre Verite, 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