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July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
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The extremely impressive early 20th century plank mask known as sirige serves as a symbolic link between the earthly and spiritual worlds. Historically it was danced only on the first day of the Dama ceremony (which occurs only once every 12 years). Sirige masks can be up to 30 feet tall. Some believe the mask refers to the legendary journey of Ogo, the first occupant of earth, who traveled from his terrestrial home to the heavens on a long ladder. Others believe the orderly, repetitive openwork and triangular patterns refer to the many generations of a great family. The mask is from the early to mid 20th century and shows significant signs of use and wear. From the famous collection of Allan Stone (1932-2006)
|Lot ID: 67|
|Low Estimate: $4,000|
|High Estimate: $8,000|
|Next Bid: $2,100|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), wax, paint/pigment stain, remains of sacrificial materials|
|Dimensions: 80'' (203.2 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Mali|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Mask|
|About the Dogon Tribe: The Dogon people live on a large plateau, with most of the villages situated on cliffs to the north and the east. According to Dogon oral tradition, the tribe settled in this area between the 14th and the 15th centuries, after escaping from the Mande kingdom. Legend has it that a snake led them to the cliff at the southern end of the plateau, where they overwhelmed and usurped the local Tellem and Niongom populations. The Dogon livelihood is base on agriculture concentrated in fields at the edge of the cliff, where water is scarce, but enough for occasional irrigation. Dogon social and religious organizations are closely interlinked and out of these arose four principal cults, which account for the richness and diversity of Dogon culture. LIterature: Dogon Statuary, Hélène Leloup, William Rubin, Richard Serra, and Georg Baselitz, Daniele Amez Publishing, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, Tribal Arts of Africa; Laude, African Art of the Dogon; Phillips, Africa: The Art of a Continent; Visona, A History of Art in Africa|
|Provenance: Ex. Arte Primitivo, Sale May 19, 2015, Lot 416.NY, Ex. Collection Allan Stone, NY (1932-2006)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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