About this object

Masquerade was a highly developed art in Dogon communities. Many different types of masked dancer performed during the complex funeral ceremonies held for deceased members of the men’s initiation association 'Ava'. The maskers dramatized the deceased’s transformation to ancestor-hood. This highly abstract mask may be of a type worn by a masked figure called ‘samana’.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Mask
  • Culture
    Dogon
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date made
    1968 before
  • Materials
    Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From M. L. J. Lemaire, 1968.
  • Collector
    M L J Lemaire
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date collected
    1968 before
  • Measurements
    335 mm x 150 mm x 175 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: 1. Mask (Dogon). M. L. J. Lemaire, Prinsengracht 841, Amsterdam C., Netherlands.
  • Related people
    M L J Lemaire ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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