Dogon Hyena Mask.
Mali, West Africa.
The Dogon have many styles of masks, but they all share the bold use of geometric forms and shapes in their representation of various animals that come from the Dogon, myths and religious beliefs.
Masks are an important part of Dogin funeral ceremonies. They serve to protect the community by driving away the potentially dangerous souls of the dead into the world of ancestor spirits. Masked dancers generally impersonate supernatural beings such as the hyena - associated with the hyena-man-monster, believed to prey on humans at night.
Measures: 8” x 6” x 18” tall
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