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Zoomorphic Dogon Mask (N° 16932)
This very sober Dogon African mask with an eroded natural patina is one of the many stylistic variations of dogon masks, icons of dogon tribal art. With a bifide snout or beak pierced with nostrils at the end, it is then simply pierced with triangles indicating the eyes.
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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 the circumcised initiates of the Wa society during funeral ceremonies. The Awa refers to the masks, their costumes, and all the Dogons in the service of masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of African dogon art. The U-002ndyama", the life force of the mask, is activated by different rituals in order to develop the full magical potential of the object.
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 southwest of the Niger Loop in mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop scree at the hillside, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the dogon facilities (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages) relates to several hypotheses. Some historians believe that the Dogons fled an area west of their present location as a result of an assault.
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