A FINE DOGON MONKEY MASK
The Dogon 'monkey' mask is just one of a number of Dogon masks representing animals. See Musée Dapper (1995: 166-7) for two closely related masks and Bilot, Calame-Griaule and Ndiaye (2001:88-95) for a series of monkey masks. The range of carving style of the black monkey mask is vast, explained perhaps in part by the diverse geographic origin but more importantly by the capacity for invention of the Dogon sculptors themselves. In addition, one should note the great variation in the surface patina of the monkey masks, a clear sign both of their use and of their age (ibid.). The offered lot bears an extremely worn and eroded surface, a testment to its age.