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Dogon Mask (N° 18595)
Ultra minimalist, this mask is reduced to a curved volume pierced with triangles for the eyes. The nose, extended to the top of a protrusion akin to an animal head, forms the only relief. Raw patina, eroded surface.
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The dogon people renowned in African art for myths and beliefs related to its cosmogony.
Sa population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in mali's Mopti region (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 Wa society during funeral ceremonies. Some represent animals, in reference to the rich mythology of African dogon art. The 'nyama', the life force of the mask, is activated by different rituals in order to develop the full magical potential of the object.
A Dama, a ritual marking the end of a mourning, the dogon sculpt new masks.
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