dogon mask from the Harrie Heinemans
old dogon mask dogon mask from the Harrie
Dogon mask as published in september 2010
Provenance : Harrie Heinemans (1921-1995)
Provenance : Marie-Jeanne Walschot
Dogon Mask . Satimbe Mask or Kanaga mask
|provenance: Harrie Heinemans, Netherland|
|probable age: End XVII- early XVIIIth century|
|Very old aging signs|
|H: 31 cm cm (without it's stand - included in
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"At the Dogon of Mali, myths where collected by Marcel Griaule that
illustrates the process which leads to the creation of the masks.
Ok tell me if you want it, this is a genuine old Dogon mask, XIXth century .
The abstracted facial form is based on that of a
twenty-foot-long "great mask" that is carried but not worn and that
functions as an ancestral effigy of the first death. All Dogon masks lead the
spirits of the deceased toward the ancestral realm.
There are nearly eighty styles of Dogon masks, and for the most part they all
utilize the use of various geometric shapes in their design, independent of the
various animals they are supposed to represent. Most masks have large geometric
eyes and stylized features and are often painted or colored with various
substances. The Dogon continue an ancient masquerading tradition called "Dama"
which commemorates the origin of death. Dama memorial ceremonies
are held to accompany the dead into the ancestral realm and restore order to the
universe. In these ceremonies there are a large number of performers, often a
few hundred, and it is considered absolutely necessary to the ceremony.
A group of Dogon dancers: Image source: Eliot
Elisofon Photographic Archives
Related masks and books
of Africa, Art and Ritual of Africa - by Michel Huet
Art in American Collections, Survey 1989",Robbins (Warren
M.) and Nooter (Nancy Ingram) Washington/London: Smithsonian Institution
Press, 1989:51, #3
Sotheby's New York, 20 May 1987. Lot 34,
Sotheby's-New York, 25 May 1999. Lot 367, color illus.
Artcurial, Paris, 2 July 2003. Lot 11, color illus.
with Ogote... Marcel Griaule, Ge...
"Dogon religion is seen through the eyes
of...an elder of exceptional intellectual attainments.... It is good to have
this material now in English."
masks by Barbara DeMott
The better known Kanaga and Sirige masks
are followed in the dama ceremony by masks that evoke the behavior of some of
the animals that inhabit the regions where the Dogon live and hunt.
They include among others - antelopes, hares, lions, hyenas, cows, birds and
Harrie (1921-1995, 19 September) & Pinke (1931-1999)
Artist/dealer/coll. Eindhoven-The Netherlands. Started collecting
around 1955. Painter, he inspired a lot of Dutch people to collect African
Art. Author: The Pleasure of collecting African Art. Eindhoven,
The Netherlands, 1986.
is Who in African Art - Guy Van Rijn.)
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me if you are interested in this genuine and old Dogon mask.
probable age: XVIIth century
Provenance: Harrie Heinemans collection
Signature inside : BX197 probably referring to
H: 31 cm (without it's stand) Stand will be
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