Kanaga Mask; African, Dogon peoples; probably 20th century; 2977
Kanaga MaskAbout this object
Linear facial mask, deeply carved to a dramatic point. The nose forms a medial ridge and is framed by deeply set rectangular eyes. The geometric superstructure is composed of two opposing planks. Geometric pattern painted in blue and red aged pigment.
The Kanaga mask is used for a variety of ceremonial functions including initiation rites, funerals and ceremonies honoring mythological ancestors. Often the mask is interpreted as a bird with outstretched wings, but it also has deeper symbolic meanings. Characteristically the kanaga mask is polychrome with abstract geometric designs.
probably 20th centuryMedium and Materials
44 x 19 x 7 inchesCredit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Berton A. LowellObject Type
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