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Dogon Kanaga Mask (N° 18922)

African Kanaga mask of the Dogon, coated with natural pigments. Abraded matte patina.

This copy is designed according to a recurring structure: a central board whose base presents a face with rectilinear features is equipped with perpendicular elements tied with leather ties. Their ends are alternately directed upwards and downwards. In preparation for the funeral or during the mourning rites, numerous, almost identical copies appear on the dance floor, after having walked through the village's alleys. Depending on the degree of initiation, this mask will not have the same meaning when it is taken out during the mourning ceremony or during more festive exhibitions. It will be the Komolo bird, or, for the initiate, the Creator indicating with his gesture the sky and the earth. However, its meaning remains obscure. The wearers of this mask make a circular movement with their heads, then bend down towards the ground and suddenly stand up again in order to establish a link between the ground and the sky.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height77
Width44
Weight2.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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