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Dogon Kanaga Mask (N° 14451)
Ex-collection French African art.
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African Mask Kanaga of The Dogon, alternating black, white and light orange colors.
In funeral rites, members of the society Awa , dance with masks on the roof of the house of the dead, to lead his soul (nyama) to his eternal rest and to defend the living. The Kanaga mask is also used to protect hunters from revenge from the prey he has killed.
This copy is designed according to a recurrent structure: a horizontal central plank, the bottom of which in this case forms an anthropozoomorphic mask with rectangular features, with " arms" attached by animal skin ties on fur, and whose ends are pointed upwards and downwards. The conical mouth suggests the beak of a bird. In the pre-opening to the funeral or during the bereavement, many almost identical copies appear on the dance area, after circulating in the alleys of the village. Depending on the degree of initiation, this mask will not have the same meaning when it is released during the mourning ceremony or during more festive exhibitions. He will be the Komolo bird, or, for the initiate, the Creator indicating the sky and the earth with gesture. Its meaning, however, remains unclear. The wearers of this mask make a circular motion from the head and then lower to the ground and suddenly straighten up in order to establish a link between the ground and the sky.
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|Material(s)||wood, fourrure animale|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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