This Dogon mask known as Kanaga, was worn at a collective funerary rite called Dama. The ritual was to ensure the safe passage of spirits of the deceased into the world of ancestors. The mask is characterized by a wooden superstructure in the form of a double-barred cross with short vertical elements thought to represent a bird or as a symbol of god.
Time Period: Mid 20th c
Provenance: From a San Antonio, TX collection
Materials: Wood, pigment, leather and fiber with custom wall mount
Dimensions: 43 in. high x 27 1/2in. wide x 8 in. depth
Condition: Mask in good condition, with some abrasions, loss of paint and age cracks
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