Dogon Odyogoro ‘Goiter’ Mask
Dogon Odyogoro goiter mask collected in 1970 by a Dutch collector.
Origin: Sangha village, Mali
Approx Age: 1950-60
Dimensions cm: 50 tall x 17 wide
Ref. Number: 1436
An old Dogon Odyogoro Goiter mask from an ex-Dutch collection, this was collected in 1970 from a village in Sangha. The Goitre mask Odyogoro is a mask wearing a carved headpiece with a huge protuberance under its chin. This mask has a crest across the top of the head and in line with its ears deep ocular cavities separated by the nose. Under the face appears the goitre which is shaped like big balls.
Provenance: Collected in situ 1970. Ex Lampevelden collection, Netherlands
Some masks are associated with a story pertaining to the character portrayed. For example, the fox represents disorder and disobedience within the world and is considered the enemy of water, fertility, and civilisation. A mythical fox named Yurugu is said to have been condemned by Amma to search the world for a lost twin (Griaule 2005). Dancers wearing rabbit masks may hide from the “hunter,” while the
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