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Dogon Dama Mask Rabbit Ears Mali African Art

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Title Dogon Dama Mask Rabbit Ears Mali African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood, braided rope, pigments
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 16.5 Inches
Width: 8 Inches
Depth: 4.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair, some heavy encrustation
Damage/Repair Cracks and chips. Arrested old bug damage.

Additional Information:   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. 

Living along 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 men s 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. 

Recommended Rading

Griaule, M. Masques Dogon. 1963 DeMott, B. Dogon Masks.1979. Imperato, PJ.P., Dogon Cliff Dwellers. 1978 Ezra, K. Art of the Dogon. 1988.