20th century, about 1960
Object Place: Mali
Overall: 55 x 34 x 15 cm (21 5/8 x 13 3/8 x 5 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Among the many objects that arrived in the McMillan Collection through Bamako is this sistrum, a musical instrument. Long overlooked, these works first came to the attention of American collectors when such an instrument appeared in a 1960 catalogue and exhibition devoted to the Bamana at New York’s Museum of Primitive Art.
1960s, sold by Mr. Coulibaly (probably Amadou Coulibaly; dealer), Bamako, Mali 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)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart