g8d6b146.jpg (27232 bytes)Dogon (Dogo, Habbé, Kado, Kibisi, Tombo), Mali & Burkina Faso

Kanaga mask dancer. The area identified as Dogon country spans roughly 19,300 square miles of southeast Mali, with a population of approximately 400,000. The history of Dogon masquerade has been one of constant adaptation. Mask performances were described in connection with post-burial rites for important elders, rites for the protection of fruit crops, and at corrective rites, referred to as puro, curbing the behavior of women. The kanaga, one of the most widespread mask types, represents a bird known as kommolo tebu. Its origin is traced back to a mythical hunter who, having killed one of these birds, fabricated the first kanaga mask in its likeness.  Kanaga masqueraders, who generally appear in large groups, present very exciting dances, which in the meantime have become a popular attraction. This bronze figurine presents such a dancer.

Material: African bronze

Size:   H. 8”, W. 2”, D. 1˝”

G8D6B146D.jpg (64473 bytes)