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Face Mask (Sirige)

A work made of wood and pigment.

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  • A work made of wood and pigment.

Date:

19th/20th century

Artist:

Dogon
Bandiagara region, Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

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.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Dogon

Title

Face Mask (Sirige)

Origin

Mali

Date

1800–1999

Medium

Wood and pigment

Dimensions

175.3 x 17.8 x 15.2 cm (69 x 7 x 6 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Studio Thirty Three, Inc.

Reference Number

1963.861

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