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Dogon mask (N° 23278)

Among the range of African masks listed among the Dogon, this example of classical geometric structure is extended in height by a flat protuberance. Beautiful patina of grainy and abraded use. Desication cracks.
The Dogon people are renowned in African tribal art for the myths and beliefs relating to their cosmogony.
Its population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (north- west of Ouahigouya). The most famous of their masks are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by 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 mask's vital force, 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 mourning, the Dogon sculpt new masks.
Lit. : "Dogon" Huib Blom; "Art of the Dogons" ed. The Metropolitan Museum.  

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OriginCollection P. Malisse
Height cm73
Width13 cm
Weight2.25 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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