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Gomintogo mask

Dogon People20th century

Mudec - Museum of Cultures

Mudec - Museum of Cultures

According to oral tradition, this deer mask is the first one ever produced by the Dogon. Its origin myth tells of a farmer who killed a deer that was destroying his fields and then placed the animal’s head on an altar to ward off its spirit’s vengeance.

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Details

  • Title: Gomintogo mask
  • Creator: Dogon People
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: h 64 cm
  • Provenance: Mali
  • Type: Mask
  • Rights: Alessandro Passaré Collection (89) - Museum of Cultures, Milan
  • Medium: Carved wood, pigments

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