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Dogon Mask Gomintogo Dama Headcrest Mali African Art 22 Inch

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Title Dogon Mask Gomintogo Dama Headcrest Mali African Art 22 Inch
Type of Object Carving, Sculpture
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood, Pigment
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 22 Inches
Width: 5.5 Inches
Depth: 5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair . Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair large cracks in crest, back of mask. scraped, stained surfaces

Additional Information:   This mask is known as a Gomintogo, and is thought to represent a Rhinoceros or Antelope.  The mask is carved with great attention to detail, with a geometric pattern adorning the crest.  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.