Lot: 108

97th Auction

Mask "kanaga"

Mali, Dogon

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Gerard Schäperkötter (1914-2006), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Piet Lepelaar, Leiden, The Netherlands
H: 42.9 inch sold

wood (seven-pcs.), pigments, blackish mass, hide, cord material, base

Dogon masks are worn primarily at "dama", a collective funerary rite for Dogon men. The ritual’s goal is to ensure the safe passage of the spirits of the deceased to the world of the ancestors.

For the "dama" festivities hundreds of masked dancers perform, creating a brilliantly colored, ever-changing spectacle of sculpture, costume, song and dance.