Over the past two years, Museum visitors have been able to witness the gradual process of cleaning and restoring West’s painting in the Conservation…
On July 1, 2013, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, launched a new fundraising campaign, The Future Is Now, with the goal of raising $200 million over the course of three years. As we near the end of this first year, we are very pleased to share a progress report with the broader Museum family.
NARRATOR: This mask is different from every other mask in this gallery… because it would have been worn and performed by a woman. Female masking performances are rare in Africa. The Sowei mask plays an important role in the all-female Sande Society. This society is a lifelong network of women among the Vai, Mende and neighboring peoples in present-day Sierra Leone.