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Dogon zoomorphic mask (N° 14790)

Belgian African tribal art collection.
Among more than eighty types of African masks recorded among the Dogon, including animal masks, this mask with large concave sockets and small laterally placed ears would probably embody a monkey.
Sacrificial crusty patina, dry, locally flaking. Cracks of desiccation.
The Dogon people are renowned in African tribal art for the myths and beliefs relating to their cosmogony.
The 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).They produce more than 80 types of masks, the best known of which are the Kanaga , Sirigé , Satimbé , Walu . Most of them are used by the 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 vital force of the mask, 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 a mourning period, the Dogon sculpt new masks.
Litt. : "Dogon" Huib Blom; "Art of the Dogon" ed. The Metropolitan Museum; "Dogon" H.Leloup-ed.Somogy.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height cm32
Width15 cm
Weight1.15 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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