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White Monkey Mask "Omono" Dogon (N° 14363)
Geometric volumes, straight lines and concern for purification combine to form a beautiful copy of the African monkey mask of the Dogons. The monkey's pose is particularly stylized, in harmony with the structure of the face mask. Square cavities have been provided on the face plane and thick horizontal lips are drawn in the lower part. Polychrome patterns that had been painted on the surface remain faintly visible. Eroded wood, traces of xylophages now eradicated.
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More than eighty types of Dogon masks are listed, 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. The Dogon'Ko mask is part of three types of monkey masks: Dege figure a baboon and ko masks and Omono represent th monkeys. The monkeys feed on the fruit of the baobab tree and the ears of millet that they fly in the fields. This tribal mask was worn with a fiber skirt of sansevière which concealed the dancer. The latter's choreography was accompanied by warnings.
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