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Dogon Satimbé Mask (N° 13073)

Ex-african art collection: Aidara.
This African face mask with a crest in the form of a statue bearing the attributes of the dogon woman is only part of the mask: for the Dogon, the whole mask consists not only of the wooden element to conceal the face of the dancer but also the fibre costume accompanying him. In the ladle at its disposal would be contained the powerful nyama . Grainy patina, kaolin residue. The female figure at the top, Ya Sigine , would play the mythical ancestor who allegedly stole the masks from supernatural beings, making a captive old Albarga initiated to the secrets of masks. The woman initiated at the Ya Sigine is since then the only woman who can participate in dogon rituals and benefit from a masked funeral. More than eighty types of African masks are listed among the Dogon, the best known of which are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by circumcised society insiders Awa , during funeral ceremonies. The Awa refers to the masks, their costumes, and all the Dogons in the service of the masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of African dogon art. The mask's life force, the U-002nyamaU,0022, is activated by various rituals to develop the object's full magical potential. (Source: Dogon , H.Blom)  

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Originex-collection Aidara
Material(s)wood, brass, plant fibre
Weight3.50 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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