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Dogon Ka mask (N° 15047)
Among Dogon animal masks, masks associated with the antelope are found in slightly different aspects. One interpretation of the mask is that it plays a role similar to the Ci Wara of the Bamana, in connection with mythical beings of creation.
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Velvety patina of use, residual pinkish and bluish pigments still perceptible among traces of kaolin. Cracks of desiccation.
Height on base : 78 cm.
Marcel Griaule counted no less than 78 types of Dogon masks during his fieldwork. This piece, with its stylized features, is characteristic of Dogon creations. The latter, influenced by their predecessors in the Bandiagara region, the Tellem, have retained this verticality in their pieces.
In parallel with Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, the Wagem, ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of spirits, and the society of Awa masks concerning funerals. The " dama " is a ceremony dedicated to restoring the order of things following a mourning.
It was originally to protect themselves from the " nyama " (soul) of the victim that the Dogon sculpted a mask in the image of an animal.
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|Origin||Collection P. Malisse|
|Estimated dating||mid xxème|
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