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Dogon Dama Mask with Horns Painted Mali African Art

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Title Dogon Dama Mask with Horns Painted Mali Africa
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood, pigments
Approximate Age Early to Mid 20th century
Dimensions 24 inches tall x 9.5 inches deep x 8.5 inches wide
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair worn and scraped surfaces; water stain in back of mask as seen. cracks and chips

Additional Information:  A truly unique horned adaptation on the well known Dama mask form.  The surface is very worn and the chips and scuffs attest to long use.  The horns stand tall, presumably representing an antelope of some sort.  The colored patterns have been worn, but they include green, white, red, black and blue pigments.

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.