This mask was created in the style of a Satimbe mask from the Dogon people of Mali. Satimbe masks are meant to represent Yayemme, the first woman to discover the mystical use of masks, and also Yasigi, a female character from Dogon creation myths who served beer at the first Dogon sigi celebration. The mask measures 31.5 inches tall and weighs 7.5 pounds. There is some damage to the back of the mask and minor cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.
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Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, fabric, metal, leather and beads
Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
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.
About the Satimbe Mask
The Satimbe mask is danced in the Dama Masquerade during the Sigi ceremony, which is held every sixty years to honor those who have died since the last Dama Masquerade. Satimbe symbolizes Yasigini, the sister of the masks, who is the only woman accepted into the male Awa society.