Ntomo Mask

20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Mali


Overall: 50 x 19 x 12.5 cm (19 11/16 x 7 1/2 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood and metal (aluminum alloy)

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



Ntomo, a children’s association found among the Bamana and their Malinke neighbors, teaches youngsters to behave properly and readies them for adulthood. The members perform with masks that are easily recognizable by their extensions on top and embellishments. This mask with hammered aluminum strips and decorative elements is typical of more recent works produced for both African and foreign patrons.


white label inside back printed: "24"


1990s, sold by Mrs. Sillah (or Silla), Cambridge, MA, 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