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On display on Level 2

BAMANA people south border region, Mali
Elephant head (sama kun) of the Jo society [Elephant head mask] c.1900 Place made: Mali
Materials & Technique: sculptures, costumes, wood, metal
Dimensions: 118.5 h cm
Acknowledgement: Max Ernst Collection, purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.1837
Subject: African art
Provenance:
  • bought by Max Ernst from early 1940s;
  • by descent to his widow, Dorothea Tanning, in 1976;
  • to Douglas Ewing, New York, in 1983;
  • from whom bought by the Australian National Gallery, October 1985