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Dogon Dyommo Hare mask (N° 20647)

The African masks Dyommo with curved ears of a hare, were intended for young initiates who danced with agility and flexibility. The dance symbolizes the cunning of the animal against the hunter. The hare is also very present in Dogon tales and myths. The masks were regularly repainted on the occasion of new celebrations, here with natural orange and grey pigments on a cream background. Erosions at the top. Height on base: 52 cm.
The Dogon people are renowned in African art for the myths and beliefs relating to their cosmogony. Kanaga , Sirigé , Satimbé , Walu . Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Awa society, during funeral ceremonies. Some represent animals, in reference to the rich mythology of African Dogon art. The "nyama", the vital force of the mask, is activated by various rituals in order to develop the full magical potential of the object.
On the occasion of a Dama, a ritual marking the end of a mourning period, the Dogon sculpt new masks.
Litt. : "Dogon" Huib Blom.  

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OriginCollection P. Malisse
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height34
Width17
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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