An exceptional Dogon Mali mask with an abstract face recognized by two triangle eyes
old pigment , The most popular Dogon masks with high superstructure quite similar to this one are known as Sirige or ammat. Superstructures are always related to number of the spirits celebrated during the Dama masquerade.
This object is one of the rare examples of its kind. The mask seems old and shows evidence of long use and much handling. The offered mask would add a unique piece in any collection.
measures :47" h by 7"5 w, 6.5" D and 53" h with a black iron custom stand.
the masks shows old cracks in the back , scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
the Bandiagara escarpment in Mali the Dogon are well known for their spectacular and dramatic funerary rituals and the various masks that appear during ceremonies. The funerary rituals known as Dama are presented by initiated males, members of the menâs secret society known as Awa, who dance the masks that give life and form to Dogon myths. The dancing of the masks celebrate the life of the deceased while at the same time serves to equally guide the new ancestor out of the village so that the spirit of the deceased cannot harm the living. A number of masks appear each with a different sculptural form and identity reflecting Dogon mythology, cosmology to give sculptural shape to Dogon understanding of the world of the living. The character represented by this mask is not known. Masks among the Dogon were stored or left in rock shelters when it was thought that they had outlived their usefulness or simply were replaced by a new mask.