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Dogon Satimbe mask (N° 20186)

The African masks satimbe have the particularity of being surmounted by a character representing Ya Sigine , a woman whose role is to be the counterbalance to the all-powerful male in the social and political order within Dogon society.
Ya Sigine is represented consistently on the satimbe masks that she surmounts: the gaze is stretched towards the horizon, the chest is straight, but above all the disproportionately long arms are stretched towards the sky.
The mask itself is refined, abstract, its features are geometric. Abraded matte patina.

The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living in the southwestern loop of the Niger in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina Faso (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on the top of scree on the side of hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages), involves several hypotheses. For some historians, the Dogon would have fled from an area located west of their current location, following an aggression.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Weight4.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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