Lot 147F: 20th C. Dogon Zoomorphic Carved Wood Mask

Artemis Gallery

March 15, 2018
Louisville, CO, US

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Description: Western Africa, Mali, Dogon people, ca. mid 20th century CE. An interesting example of a zoomorphic mask with anthropomorphic features, with the very tall, backswept antlers of a gazelle or antelope. The face is classically Dogon for the most part, with square-shaped open eyes below a heavy, squared-off brow. Unlike most Dogon art, however, the figure has an open, rectangular mouth. A short goatee hangs from the below the mouth. Two perforations on either side allow attachment, and probably once had string or rattan through them. The front and exterior sides of the antlers are deeply scored, creating a textured look. Antelopes are one of the most popular subjects of Dogon mask art, worn by dancers imitating the animal, which is admired for its beauty and strength. Dancers wear these maks and carry two short sticks, with which they scratch the ground, imitating mating behavior. Size: 4.7" W x 25" H (11.9 cm x 63.5 cm); 29.25" H (74.3 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection

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Condition Report: Light encrustations on surface, especially in lower profile areas. Nice smooth patina from age and handling.
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