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Dogon Monkey Mask (N° 19318)

This African Dogon "monkey" mask was collected in the 1950s by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot, Alain Bilot,
renowned collector of Dogon art during study stays in Mali.
Sheltering large orbital cavities, this heavy mask of angular structure forms the stylized evocation of a monkey. The matte, golden surface has also been rubbed with red ochre, whose crustal residues remain locally encrusted. Speckled powdery patina. Very slight lacks.
More than eighty types of Dogon masks are listed, of which the best known are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Awa society during funeral ceremonies. The Awa B designates the masks, their costumes, and the Dogon as a whole in the service of the masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of Dogon African art. The "nyama", vital force of the mask, is activated by different rituals in order to develop the full magical potential of the object. The mask Ko of the Dogon is part of three types of monkey masks: Dege figures a baboon and the masks Ko and Omono represent monkeys thrushes . The monkeys feed on the fruit of the baobab tree and the millet ears they steal from the fields. This tribal mask was worn with a skirt made of sansevière fibers which hid the dancer. The choreography of this last was accompanied by warnings.  

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OriginColl. Dubrule Arnaud
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height33
Width18
Weight1.90 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxxe
Socle inclusOptional

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