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Dogon Mask

Dogon, Mali. Wood. Devoid of colored pigmentation.
Height: 21"

Referred to as Wilu (Walu) mask. Reverenced by the Dogon people as primordial ancestor and therefore, first god.

The mask has a crustaceous feel and a zoomorphic superstructure. It is devoid of any pigmentation, and is thought by preference of the elders who would use such a mask for the most sacred of decision making occasions.

Also used for funeral and agricultural rites.

Ezn. 119

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