Africa

Gomintogo Mask
Dogon

Mali

Carved wood and pigments
Early 20th century
Height: 16 in. (41 cm)

Ex collection Gili, Barcelona
Ex collection David Serra, Barcelona
Ex private collection, Paris

Published in: AfriCubisme, 2018

Price: on request

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This classical Dogon mask called Gomintogo combines refined carving and power of evocation.
Gomintogo is a mythical cervid (antelope). Marcel Griaule (Mission Dakar Djibouti) stated in the 1930s that gomintogo was possibly the first mask carved by the Dogon.
According to a myth collected by Griaule, a cervid once devastated a farmer's fields and ate all the crop. The farmer eventually captured the animal. The soothsayers then instructed the farmer to carve a mask in the image of the animal to protect his fields from future attacks of the animal spirit (nyama).