- Label Text
- In Dogon masquerades, the great plank masks called sirige seemingly reach to the heavens, their tall superstructures bridging earth and sky. Perhaps poetically, French ethnographer Germaine Deiterlen described them as stars that suggest the journey of the ancestors from sky to earth. Such ideas about duality and contrasting opposites are a vital part of Dogon conceptions of the world.
- Wood rectangular face mask with tall superstructure of blocks and openwork panels on a rectangular mask with long, rectangular parallel openings to suggest eyes. Black and white pigmentation are visible on the surface of the mask.
- Eliot Elisofon, New York, -- to 1973
- Exhibition History
- Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 4, 2017-ongoing
- African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 20-December 9, 2012; Newark Museum, February 26-August 11, 2013; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, August 23-November 30, 2014; Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Atlanta, January 31-June 21, 2015
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Dogon artist
- Mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Bequest of Eliot Elisofon
- Wood, pigment, plant fiber
- H x W x D: 241.3 x 20.3 x 17.8 cm (95 x 8 x 7 in.)