Tribal Group: Dogon of Mali -
West Africa,

Mask, wood, carved as a Walu, or antelope, for use in the Walu funerary ceremonies. Deep set eyes in channels remind us of Dogon architecture. Speckled and pink
paint decorates the face, ears and sides.

The Walu legend is fascinating
of itself and commemorates both
the passing Dogon tribe members
but also an ancient story of the Walu's attempts to protect the sun.

What appears to be rabbit ears are actually intended to represent the upright horns of the Walu (antelope).

Size: 16.5" tall x 7" wide

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