Dogon tribe, Mali, Early 20th century
9'9"H X 9"W X 7"D
The Dogon people live in villages built into cliffs near the Mali-Burkina Faso border. The Dogon are a polytheistic society and continue to hold masked dance ceremonies to honor the spirits, Gods and ancestors. Dogon masks represent human and animal aspects of Dogon life and are used for religious and burial rituals. This stunning example is rare in its impressive height - a monument to the beauty and grace of Dogon art.
Having seen the elders dance while wearing this magnificent mask, we know also know its animated quality first hand. When worn, this dramatic mask would have gracefully towered above the crowd.