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Dogon Satimbe Mask (N° 19646)

The masks satimbe have the particularity of being surmounted by a character representing Ya Sigine , a woman whose role is to be the counterweight of the male omnipotence in the social and political order within Dogon society.
is constantly represented on the masks satimbe that she surmounts: the gaze is stretched towards the horizon, the chest is straight, but above all the disproportionately long arms are stretched towards the sky.
The mask itself is pure, abstract, its features are geometric. Abraded matt patina.

The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on top of scree slopes on the hillsides, with unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages) is based on several hypotheses. For some historians, the Dogon fled from an area west of their current location following an attack.  

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OriginEx-colllection Cheminal
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height128
Depth25
Width86
Weight2.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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