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    Dogon (Mali)
    Kanaga Mask
    Wood, Pigment, fiber, nail
    Height: 42 inches Width: 23 ½ inches Depth: 8 ¼ inches

    The mask is made up of a tall vertical plank, with a geometricized head at its low end, the upper part crossed by two horizontal planks the ends of which extend upward and downward to form "hands". The head is dominated by a projecting, wedge-shaped nose that extends upward and merges with the forehead. Beside the nose, on the same plane from which rises the plank, are square eye holes, and beneath the nose is a small mouth on the same plane as the eyes. The horizontal slats, and the "hands" are lashed perpendicularly, and black squares of pigment cover the joins, just as black covers the forehead.

    Kanaga masks have several interpretations: the hand of god, a crocodile, a stork in flight, and an abstract symbol of equilibrium between the heavens and the earth. They are the most common of Dogon masks, sometimes with dozens appearing in any one ceremony.

    A two-part break at the top proper left of the central vertical has been indigenously tied back together. Various surface stains are easily visible. Otherwise the condition is good.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Floriday

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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