DOGON STYLE ANIMAL MASK 34, Mali

 


Photographs © Tim Hamill

DOGON STYLE ANIMAL MASK 34, 16", $200, Mali

Despite its appearance, this mask shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.

The Dogon carve over eighty kinds of mask some of which, especially the Satimbe, Katanga and Sirige, are considered to have potent magical powers. Others, representing hunters or animals, are used in dances of a more celebratory or social nature.

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