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Dogon Satimbe Mask Mali Collection African Art

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Title Dogon Satimbe Mask Mali Collection African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 27 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 7.25 Inches
Overall Condition Fair to Good. 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 Old repair of nose and buttocks of female figure, scrapes, chips throughout, old insect damage arrested, cracks and dents in the back, chipped breasts ears, mouth and nose (of both the mask and the female figure)


Provenance: Richard and Libby Wheeler Collection


Richard and Elizabeth Wheeler are noted Chicago collectors of both Native American and African art.  We have recently purchased their superb African collection.


Certificate of provenance available!


Additional Information:  An incredible mask with on the top a kneeling female figure and two small figures. The face depicts a composite character with its  human like features and a hornbill beak. This mask has good age shown on the quality of wood used, the style and the work as well as the patina. 


 The use of masks with human figures and other superstructures on top is  common among the Dogon. The figure as well as the facial mask are quite impressive. Satimbe represents Yasigi (or Yasigini, Yasiguini), the sister of the masks, the only woman admitted to the Awa male society. Satimbe represents Yasigini, the sister of the masks, the only woman admitted to the Awa male society. This traditional Satimbe Mask dances during the Dama funeral rites, during the Sigi ceremony organized every sixty years to celebrate the spirits of dead.


Oral tradition of the Dogon tells us that they originated on the west bank of the Niger River about 1000 years ago. They moved west at some point, into parts of what is now Mossi territory in Burkina Faso, but chose to return east due to pressure to assimilate into the Mossi Kingdom. This time, around 1500, they found a place almost unreachable by invaders on horseback--the arid but imposing Bandiagara Cliffs. Here most of the Dogon have remained to this day, as one of Africa's most spiritual people.


This is an excellent example of a Satimbe. Its carving is unique, especially the figure on the top. It has a good provenance and will stand out in any collection.


An example of a Satimbe mask is on p. 71 of L'Art du pays Dogon Dans les Collections du Musee de L'Homme. 


Recommended Reading:


Kate Ezra, Art of the Dogon. Selection from the Lester Wunderman Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1988


Jean Laude, AFRICAN ART OF THE DOGON. The Myths of the Cliff Dwellers, 1973


I have examined this piece and agree with description.


Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.