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July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
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This mask, with good age and signs of use, with a fantastic zoomorphic face and complex geometric superstructure, is known as Kanaga -- a famous mask of the Dogon. It uses open geometric patterns in its construction (when the Kanaga shape is crafted from palm wood, as in this example, these masks are called Sim masks).
The Kanaga mask is so well-known that that it is often used as an emblem or symbol of the Republic of Mali. Some historians say that the superstructure symbolizes man, axis of the world, pointing to both earth and sky. Another interpretation links Kanaga to the water insect that implanted in the soil the first seed from which all other seed sprung. Some historians say the "cross of Lorraine" (the top structure) is thought to represent the stretched wings of the Kommondo bird combined with four feet of an unknown animal. The large, triangular shape of the face is supposed to stand for the upper jaw of the bird and the conic form below for the tongue. The actual dance of the Kanaga is a very serious dance connected deeply with Dogon mythology and religion (source: Lois Woods Museum, University of Virginia). Photo Credit for Kanaga Dancers: Laude, "African Art of the Dogon"
|Lot ID: 71|
|Low Estimate: $3,000|
|High Estimate: $6,000|
|Next Bid: $1,500|
|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, wax, paint/pigment stain, remains of sacrificial materials, fiber, leather|
|Dimensions: 38'' (96.52 cm) height x 18.25'' (46.35 cm) width|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Mali|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Mask|
|Herzog, African Masks, Visona, A History of Art in Africa; Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa 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; Herzog, African Masks|
|Provenance: Ex. Private US Collection, Ex. Private New England Collection|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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