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Dogon mask (N° 23162)

Kanaga African mask from the Dogon, locally enhanced with pink ocher pigments. Abraded matte patina. Erosions.

Used on the roof of the house of the dead during funeral rites by members of the Awa society, the Kanaga mask is also used to protect hunters from the vengeance of the prey that they killed.

The structure is made up of perpendicular elements tied with leather ties, the ends of which are directed alternately upwards and downwards. At the top, effigies symbolize the Dogon ancestors. As a preliminary to the funeral or during the end of mourning, many copies, almost all identical, appear on the dance floor, after circulating in the alleys of the village. Depending on the degree of initiation, this mask will not have the same meaning when it comes out during the mourning ceremony or during more festive exhibitions. He will be the Komolo bird, or, for the initiate, the Creator indicating heaven and earth with a gesture. Its meaning, however, remains obscure. The wearers of this mask perform a circular movement of the head then lower to the ground and recover abruptly in order to establish a link between the ground and the sky.


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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm72
Width42 cm
Weight2.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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