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Dogon Mask (N° 19309)

This Dogon "healing" mask was collected in the 1960s by a collector, Mr. Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot during study stays in Mali. Topped with figurines associated with Dogon mythology, the head is also fitted out with a small "altar" cavity in which libatory residues remain. The healer mask evolves in a satirical pantomime, as does the hunter mask, evoking the legend that the first ancestor tried to cure the walu antelope before it died. Beautiful matte polychromy, crusty residue clumped at the top.
Marcel Griaule counted no less than 78 types of Dogon masks during his field investigations. 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, the cult of ancestors under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the spirit world, and the society of Awa masks for funerals. The " dama " is a ceremony dedicated to restoring the order of things following a mourning. It is originally to protect oneself from the "nyama" (soul) of the victim that the Dogon use certain types of masks. The Dogon gradually abandoned the use of masks due to the advance of Islam and the abandonment of animism.  

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OriginCollection Arnaud
Material(s)wood, metal, plant fibre
Height cm47
Width22 cm
Weight2.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid xxe
Socle inclusOptional

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