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    Dogon (Mali)
    Sirige MaskWood, pigment, hide, cord
    Height: 149 3/4 inches Width: 8 inches Depth: 6 1/2 inches

    The extraordinary height and architectural structure of the sirige mask derive from its being modeled after the façade of an important family's house, often by far the tallest in the village. Because of the mask's weight, its balance challenges, and the rigors of its dance, the always youthful and vigorous impersonator is harnessed into the mask in a more complex way than usually.
    "The importance and diversity of the meanings of the sirige mask make its wearer one of the principal actors in Dogon dance theater. On the ritual dance ground its wearer reenacts through his gestures fundamental episodes of the Dogon creation myth" (Francine N'Diaye in Susan Vogel, ed. For Spirits and Kings, African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1981, p.21).
    During his dance at the important Dogon dama - a terminating celebration after a long mourning period after a man's death - the sirige impersonator jumps, kneels, bends, and turns in such ways that the top of the mask grazes the ground.
    There are many age and drying cracks. In the crest (the tall crest is joined midway up), from the top down, the condition is: a proper right missing segment starting 7 ¾ inches from the top and extending for 16 ½ inches; a proper life missing segment starting 25 ½ inches from the top and extending for 28 inches (a recent board 9 ¼ inches long is laid in for stabilization by the lozenge-shaped opening); a 5 inch missing segment on the proper left 18 inches below the upper loss (indigenous hide ties remain from a prior repair effort). There are paint abrasions overall.

    Provenance: Greg LaChapelle, Santa Fe
    Gary Hendershott, Little Rock



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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