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Dogon monkey mask (N° 20066)
Rare example of an African mask of the Dogons featuring a monkey. On a rectangular structure, the features form a low relief, emphasizing by contrast the forehead and the ears. The beautiful old patina reveals the veining of a light wood, enhanced by the pinkish ochre pigments of certain organs. Cracks and abrasions of use.
More than eighty types of Dogon masks are listed, of which the best known are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé and Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Awa society, during funeral ceremonies. The Awa refers to the masks, their costumes, and the set of Dogons serving the masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of African Dogon art. The "nyama", the life force of the mask, is activated by various rituals to develop the full magical potential of the object.
The Ko mask of the Dogon is one of three types of monkey masks: Dege figures a baboon and the Ko and Omono masks represent thrush monkeys . The monkeys feed on the fruit of the baobab tree and the ears of millet that they steal from the fields. This tribal mask was worn with a skirt made of sansevière fibers that concealed the dancer . The choreography of the latter was accompanied by warnings.
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|Origin||Collection P. Malisse|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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