13 Apr '17, 4pm

A rare African Dogon mask returns to Paris

A rare African Dogon mask returns to Paris

This unique example is one of the most widely referenced works in studies of Dogon art, having first been documented shortly after its discovery in the 1950s by a network of African merchants. They included Mamdou Sylla in Bamako, who sold the mask to one of the greatest dealers of the period: the Parisian René Rasmussen, whose shop was in the galleries of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. ‘Rasmussen was among the earliest collectors of Dogon material, and acquired this piece at a time when Europeans were only just beginning to understand the scope, quality, and iconography of art from the region,’ explains Kloman. So taken with the mask was the dealer that, for a decade, he refused to sell it, finally succumbing to a series of insistent offers from Gaston de Havenon — a collector who was also struck by the beauty of the Dogon mask. ‘People like Sylla, Rasmussen and de Havenon insta...

Full article: http://www.christies.com/features/Rare-African-Dogon-mask...

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