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Dege (Black Monkey Mask)

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Dogon masks come in many forms, from those made of fibre or wood, and in the shape of animals, humans, and abstract creations. Before painting, the wooden masks are known as ajugo nüyü meaning "mask dead." Once painted, they become lajugo...


Bò Dágá (Door Lock)

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Today, the doors of the Dogon are secured with metal padlocks — save for a few still adorned with the head of a lizard or the Islamic symbol of the crescent moon. But this was not always the case. In years gone by, the doors to the thatched...


Aduno Koro (Ritual Container)

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The Dogon reside in remote villages, sheltered by rugged cliffs running along the Niger River. In this harsh and arid landscape, it is a struggle for Dogon farmers to work the land and provide food for their communities. This makes a successful...


Jidagaw (Water Storage Jar)

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Bamana society is strickly heirachical—only the wives and daughters of blacksmiths (numuw) are authorised to make earthenware pots. This small group of women are known as numumusow (meaning ‘blacksmith women’)...


Misikun (Cow Helmet Mask)

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Six initiation societies, known as dyow (sing. dyo), govern the social, economic, and spiritual lives of Bamana men. The six societies are n’domo, komo, nama, kono, chi wara and kore. A Bamana man must pass through each...


Boli (Nyama Power Figure)

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The Bamana harness supernatural energy (nyama) to resolve disputes, cure illnesses, hunt down witches and other negative spiritual forces, and to generally protect the community from harm. To help harness nyama, boliw (sing....


Dolaba (Sigi Ceremonial Staff)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Komokun (Beast Headdress)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by a six initiation societies collectively known as dyow (sing. dyo). The six societies are n’domo, kòmò, nama, kono, chi wara...


Kore (Animal Mask)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by six initiation societies collectively known as Dyow (also called Jow, sing. Dyo or Jo). The six societies are N’tomo (also called...


Nyeleni ('Pretty Little One' Figure)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by six initiation societies collectively known as Dyow (also called Jow, sing. Dyo or Jo). The six societies are N’tomo (also called...


Togu Na (Shelter Post)

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The first shelter built and found in all Dogon villages, the togu na is a sanctuary for men to gather and discuss matters pertaining to the community’s wellbeing, success and protection. Strictly forbidden to women, togu...


Albarga (Old Man Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However, due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Samana (Foreign Warrior Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Walu (Antelope Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Sim (Spirit Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Kanaga (Celestial Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Dege Dal Nda ('Sculptures of the Terrace' Figure)

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Unlike other Dogon figures, the dege dal nda (meaning ‘sculptures of the terrace’) are not believed to contain ancestor spirits. They are instead used for purely decorative purposes during the funeral of rich men....


Sirige ('Storied House' Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Wara (Great Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


N'tomo (Ancestor Mask)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by six initiation societies collectively known as Dyow (also called Jow sing. Dyo or Jo). The six societies are N’tomo (also...


Chi Wara (Antelope Headdress)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by six initiation societies collectively known as dyow (sing. dyo). The six societies are n’domo, komo, nama, kono, chi wara and...


Chi Wara (Antelope Headdress)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by six initiation societies collectively known as dyow (sing. dyo). The six societies are n’domo, komo, nama, kono, chi wara and...


Chi Wara (Antelope Headdress)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by six initiation societies collectively known as dyow (sing. dyo). The six societies are n’domo, komo, nama, kono, chi wara and...