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Dogon Monkey Mask Dege Mali African Art

Regular Price: $275.00

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Product #: 111934
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Title Dogon Monkey Mask Dege Mali African Art
Type of Object Baboon
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 12 Inches
Width: 6 Inches
Depth: 4.5 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 Old arrested insect damage, scrapes, chips

Additional Information:  This mask is attributed to the Dogon. Among the Dogon, close similar masks are identified to the baboon. During the Dama masquerade different types of monkeys are invited to perform.These monkeys include "Dege" refers to the 'black' monkey like this example; the red monkey mask is  known as "Ko" and the white monkey is called "Omono". This is accordingly to the role assigned to the being danced. The Dogon  believe that the baboon mask reflects the 'wild' side of mankind, uncivilized, anti-social and dangerous.

The Dogon people of the Bandiagara escarpment of region of Mali are well known for their spectacular and dramatic funerary rituals and the various masks that appear during the funerary rituals known as Dama. The Dama funerary ceremonies extend over a number of days during which numerous masks appear to honor the deceased as they are elevated to their new status as an ancestor. 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.

Recommended Reading:Griaule, M. Msques Dogon, 1963.Imperato, J. P., Dogon Cliff Dwellers, The Art of Mali s Mountain People. 1978.