Face Mask

Face Mask

early-mid 1900s

Wood

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

James Albert and Mary Gardiner Ford Memorial Fund 1960.169

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Wood

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