This Vintage African Dogon Kanaga Mask comes from the Dogon Tribal People of Mali. The act of carving Kanaga masks holds as much spiritual significance as the rituals in which the masks are worn. A Dogon Kanaga Mask offers a rare look at the Dogon’s highly secretive methods of mask making. Although these ceremonies are now frequently performed for the public, the sacred meaning of the Kanaga is retained by the Dogon villagers who fear, respect, and depend on the power of the mask. The Kanaga consists of a face mask with a long center post jutting up from the top. The post is crossed left to right by two short bars. The cross bars each have two smaller wooden slats referred to as arms. The lower bar has two arms pointing downwards (symbolizing to some man and earth) while the top bar features two arms pointing upwards (symbolizing the sky and heavens). Dogon dancers perform with Kanaga masks at 'Dama' ceremonies which honor and commemorate the dead. Miniature masks, too small to be worn, replicate the forms of masks worn in performances. Like their larger counterparts they are powerful charms, filled with spirit, with potential for good or evil. The full-sized masks are made for display in public ceremonies. This is a wonderful large Dogon Kanaga Mask that would be a wonderful addition to your collection or home.
Late 20th Century
Shows age, discoloration, but is in good condition.
19 1/2 wide
5 1/2" deep
5 1/2" wide
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