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3 Piece Mask Lot 13.75″-18″ – African Tribal Art

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SKU: 1008541, 1008593, 1014386 Categories: , ,
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These masks were carved in the style of the Biombo, Dogon and an unknown from sub-Saharan Africa. The masks measure 13.75-18 inches tall and weigh 2-5.5 pounds each. The pieces have cracking, scrapes and scuffs throughout – please inspect images. Stands are not included.

Type of Object

3 masks

Ethnicity

Biombo, Dogon

Material

Wood and pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

13.75"-18"

Width (Inches)

8.25"-8.75"

Depth (Inches)

7"-9"

Weight (Pounds)

2-5.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Cracks, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos.

Tribe Information

About the Biombo People

The Biombo occupy an area in DRC, just south of the confluence of the Lulua and Kasai Rivers. Their artistry has been influenced by both neighboring Kuba and Eastern Pende. It is believed that the Biombo use masks during circumcision ceremonies, though documentation of their history and rituals is almost non existent.

About the Dogon People

The Dogon have become popularized for their ancient tales on human origins and extraterrestrial contact. According to legend, a race of beings called Nommo, came from the star system Sirius, thousands of years ago. The beings are said to have come to Earth and provided humans with knowledge.  They gave the Dogon information about their solar system as well as our own. These same creatures also appear in Babylonian and Sumerian myths.

Oddly, the Dogon did have knowledge for centuries that were, until Galileo and his telescope, unknown to the Western world. They identified Jupiter’s moons and Saturn’s rings and knew that the Sun was the center of our solar system. They have stories about the big bang and other astronomical events. They had awareness about an invisible companion star orbiting Sirius that was unidentified until 1970. It baffles scientists to this day that an ancient race had knowledge of solar systems that cannot be seen without the help of high-powered telescopes.

Read more about the Dogon here.

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