Dogon Monkey mask

€280.00

The shape of the face is rounded, small hollow and discreet ears, presence of frontal scarification, a pigmentation of blue color is perceptible there recalling the liveliness of the spirit. More generally, an abstraction of forms is predominant in the eyes, leading perfectly in the form of cunning to the figuration of a monkey. The monkey is considered the ugly male of the bush, he adopts a melancholy attitude and stays away from the dance floor.

In the cliffs of Bandiagara, in the northeast of Mali, the male association Awa governs the use of Dogon masks. The masks come out to settle the disturbances of social order, the organization of funeral rites, and the organization of the Dama, lifting of mourning which ends the funeral. This dance is performed on the roof of the house of the dead at the end of the dry season, and allows the transition of the dead to the spirit world. The parade of masks follows a strict order of precedence which respects the age of the wearers and their knowledge of the institution of masks. The release of masks and the symbolic expression of a myth embodied by many masks of which there are ninety-eight different types, embodying the spirits of the bush such as the buffalo, the antelope or the hyena.

In the cliffs of Bandiagara, in the northeast of Mali, the male association Awa governs the use of Dogon masks. The masks come out to settle the disturbances of social order, the organization of funeral rites, and the organization of the Dama, lifting of mourning which ends the funeral. This dance is performed on the roof of the house of the dead at the end of the dry season, and allows the transition of the dead to the spirit world. The parade of masks follows a strict order of precedence which respects the age of the wearers and their knowledge of the institution of masks. The release of masks and the symbolic expression of a myth embodied by many masks of which there are ninety-eight different types, embodying the spirits of the bush such as the buffalo, the antelope or the hyena.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1950
Size
35 x 16 cm
Ethnic group
Dogon
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Mali
Origin
Tribal art collection France
Condition
Excellent

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