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Ancient African Tribal DOGON Dege Monkey Mask.
Mid 20th Century. Good condition.
Heavy dense wood.
Height 38 cm.
Width 16 cm.
Depth 13 cm.
DOGON black monkey mask is called "Dege". This is accordingly to the role assigned to the being danced. The Dogon believe that the baboon mask reflects the 'wild' side of mankind, uncivilized, anti-social and dangerous. The Dogon people of the Bandiagara escarpment of region of Mali are well known for their spectacular and dramatic funerary rituals and the various masks that appear during the funerary rituals known as Dama. The Dama funerary ceremonies extend over a number of days during which numerous masks appear to honor the deceased as they are elevated to their new status as an ancestor. The dancing of the masks celebrate the life of the deceased while at the same time serves to equally guide the new ancestor out of the village so that the spirit of the deceased cannot harm the living. Recommended Reading: Griaule, M. Msques Dogon, 1963. Imperato, J. P., Dogon Cliff Dwellers, The Art of Mali s Mountain People. 1978. CT 9/17
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