"Dogon, Sirigé Mask, Mali Before 1950"Sirige or tiered mask, Awa company, Dogon, Mali. In two parts First half of the twentieth, It presents a Cubist face delimited by three parts in the shape of a blade, surmounted by a pierced crest evoking ancestral symbols. Wood, ancient erosion of time and remains of patina of use and brown natural pigments and red ocher Comes from the collection of an anthropologist. This mask danced during ceremonies of the Dama The Sirigé mask resembles a ladder whose bars are so many stages of knowledge acquired during the initiation marking the passage from childhood to adulthood. 290 cm This mask is several meters high and represents the Ginna, that is to say, the house of the "big family", the seat of the patrilineal lineage. Only very strong young adults are able to handle this type of mask. They jump and rotate with the head from front to back and from left to right. These movements require a physical power out of the ordinary. Sometimes a mask breaks during the dances. Dancers and dignitaries of the "Society of Masks" then try to hide the repair of the mask in front of the public. Masks are much more than simple wooden objects. These are magic objects. Any intervention must be done out of sight. Delivery by carrier possible, contact us before purchase for the modalities.