Face Mask

Face Mask

early-mid 1900s

Wood and organic materials

Overall: 111.1 cm (43 3/4 in.)

James Albert and Mary Gardiner Ford Memorial Fund 1960.169



Dogon masks are worn at the end-of-mourning ceremonies called dama. The masks incarnate ancestors, which can be human, animal, or vegetal. The female figure with raised arms topping this example represents the mythical character Yasigine, who played a key role in the very first sigi celebration. Held every 60 years, the sigi ceremony commemorates the arrival of death.

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