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Dogon Crest Mask (N° 17990)

This African Mask of the Dogon is equipped with high rectangular depressions, pierced by geometric cavities for vision. At the top, a Kambari-style plank located south of bandiagara cliff, is carved with a high-relief motif. This symbolic motif would evoke a moment of the inauguration of the priest of Binu. Mate surface, flaky and rough. Cracks and haloes.
Marcel Griaule counted no less than 78 types of dogon masks during his field investigations. This piece, with its stylized features, is characteristic of dogon creations. The latter, influenced by their predecessors in the Bandiagara region, the Tellem, have retained this verticality in their rooms. Parallel to Islam, the Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, the Wagem, cult of ancestors under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the spirit world, and the society of Awa masks concerning funerals. The 'On' dama is a ceremony dedicated to restoring the order of things following a mourning. It's originally to protect yourself from the nyama (soul) of the victim that the Dogon use certins types of masks. The Dogons gradually abandoned the use of masks due to the advance of Islam and the abandonment of animism.  

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Originex-collection monégasque
Weight3.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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