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 commemo- rated men at funerary celebrations called dama, were organized by the Awa association.
- Face Mask (Sirige)
- Wood and pigment
- 175.3 x 17.8 x 15.2 cm (69 x 7 x 6 in.)
- Gift of Studio Thirty Three, Inc.