About this artwork
Dogon masquerades were held primarily to honor the deceased and foster their souls’ passage into the afterlife. The practice has faded over time as a result of the popularity of Christianity and Islam. Performances have become largely secular events organized for the entertainment of visitors and tourists. The most important masks, which collectively commemorated men at funerary celebrations called dama, were organized by the Awa association.
- Face Mask (Sirige)
- Wood and pigment
- 175.3 × 17.8 × 15.2 cm (69 × 7 × 6 in.)
- Gift of Studio Thirty Three, Inc.