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    Dogon (Mali)
    Mask representing a rabbit
    Wood, pigments, fiber
    Height: 14 ½ inches Width: 6 1/8 inches Depth: 6 inches

    Typical of most Dogon masks, this is a modified, vertically-oriented rectangular box, worn projecting in front of the face, with square eye holes set within deep, straight vertical grooves. Between these channels is a rectangular nose, and just below it, a small mouth. Above the channels the forehead recedes, where it intersects with large ears that continue the vertical orientation. The lower parts of the ears extend downward in a flange that reiterates the other vertical thrusts.

    Dogon masks represent a host of animals and other spirits. They perform in initiations, at collective funerals called Dama that occur about every ten or twelve years, and in the Sigi cycle that recurs once every sixty years, and which is a major ritual renewal of the Dogon world and all its inhabitants.

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



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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