Tribal art > African mask > Dogon Mask
Mask made up of two parallel boards, the upper part of which is carved with a crocodile figure. This mask, which was worn horizontally, was collected from the Dogon, although the Bobos of Mali have a similar model. The animal, water spirit, is considered the servant of the mythical primordial being Nommo.
Patina of use, halos, abrasions and slight lacks.
Height on base: 110 cm.
More than eighty types of African masks are listed among the Dogon, the best known of which are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by circumcised initiates of the Awa society, during funeral ceremonies. The Awa designates the masks, their costumes, and all the Dogons in the service of the masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of African ...