dogon_mali art

Francois Sevilla      Lauren Leon
Laura Bernasconi   Michelle Cabrera
Noel Castellanos

In their culture, the Dogons created a variety of artwork. In one particular sculpture, the Dogons sculpted an Antelope dance mask. There are colors such as blue, white and green with circles that form a continuous line down the middle of the mask. To the left and right of this, there are consecutive curved thick lines running down the side of the mask.

In between the curved and circular lines, there is a square opening, which  was used for viewing. There are approximately ten horns on top of the mask, two of which represent the ears. Towards the bottom of the horns there is an X-shape figure. This wooden carved mask was used for ceremonies to revoke the spirits of the ancient ancestor and to protect the tribe from danger of agricultural starvation.

The line, color and texture are very important in this sculpture.  The   texture  of the sculpture is formed to have a rough  appearance. Its style is very authentic and powerful looking.

This sculpture uses geometric shapes, circles down the middle of the mask, rectangles towards the outer part of  the artwork, and triangles that represent the ears of the mask.

This sculpture contains a variety of different colors. The primary color most used is the blue. This makes the mask stand out and come alive. The color green is also abundantly used, framing the shape of the mask, which accentuates the outer edges. The rest of the colors are a darker tone to make it seems that it is authentic and powerful looking.

The Dogon mask has an aggressive tone to it. . The ears and horns are symmetrical and rod shaped giving,  it a little more texture and feel to the sculpture

The Dogon Mask serves a religious function because of the ceremonies in which it is used. The mask gives a spiritual sense of pride to their ancestors. It also protects them from danger. They believe the respecting the dead is very essential to their culture, and it lets them know that they are being protected from any danger around them.


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antelope mask