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Dogon mask (N° 23265)
Dogon mask of a rare type, carved in dense wood, composed of a facial mask with a geometric appearance depicting a stylized face. A top figure symbolizing the mythical ancestor completes the mask.
Irregular sandy patina. Grainy residual clusters and libation drips. Minimal lacks, cracks. Good condition.
More than eighty types of Dogon masks are listed, 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 Dogon art. The "nyama", the mask's vital force, is activated by various rituals in order to develop the object's full magical potential.
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