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Dogon Mask (N° 24374)

Old Dogon walu mask, animal linked to the Dogon cosmogony, carved in dense wood. High rectangular depressions have been fitted with cavities for viewing. The filmy patina, locally grainy, is abraded by time. Desication crack.
Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lébé, relating to fertility, the Wagem, cult of the ancestors under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of spirits, and the Awa mask society regarding funerals. The "dama" is a ceremony dedicated to restoring the order of things following bereavement. It was originally to protect themselves from the "nyama" (soul) of the victim that the Dogon carved a mask in the image of an animal. Guarantor of order, the mask of the Walu charges the spectators too close to the dancers. A pantomime then illustrates the legend of the mythical walu. Many villages have this mask with different meanings.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm58
Width21 cm
Weight2.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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