Lot: 155

98th Auction

Face mask with large female figure "satimbe"

Mali, Dogon

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Kunst Kabinet, Noordeinde, The Hague, The Netherlands (1987)
Mamadou Keita, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
H: 47.6 inch 4000 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, red pigment, thick encrusted black colour mixed with vegetal material, min. dam. (finger tips)

The Dogon have a large number of different types of masks, which all belong to the "awa" society, and appear during the funeral ceremonies of the "dama". These ceremonies are held every two or three years to honour those elders, who had died in the intervening years.

The "satimbe" mask is also used in the "dama" festivities, but upholds a a special position. It represents "yasigine", the oldest sister of the masks ("sigui") and the only woman in the village of the "awa" society who is allowed to dance. Literally translated "satimbe" means "sister of the head".


Schädler, Karl-Ferdinand, Götter - Geister - Ahnen, München 1992, p. 57 Bedaux, Jean Baptist, Art of the Dogon, Brüssel 2012, ill. 142 ff.