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Face Mask (Kanaga)

A work made of wood, pigment, and fiber.

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  • A work made of wood, pigment, and fiber.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Dogon
Bandiagara region, Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

At a dama funeral, a towering plank mask known as sirige (an example of which is displayed nearby) appears after the performance of several cross-shaped kanaga masks. Admired for the vigorously sweeping movements of its dancer, kanaga is worn with a colorful costume that includes a plaited fiber hood and cowrie-shell-covered vest. It appears in groups that range from a few masks to as many as 70.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Dogon

Title

Face Mask (Kanaga)

Origin

Mali

Date

1900–1966

Medium

Wood, pigment, and fiber

Dimensions

105.4 x 55.9 x 19.7 cm (41 1/2 x 22 x 7 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Neal Ball in honor of Wilbur Tuggle

Reference Number

2000.493

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