Africa, Mali, Dogon, Ireli area, 20th Century / Monkey Mask (omono) / c. 1940sAfrica, Mali, Dogon, Ireli area, 20th Century
Monkey Mask (omono)
c. 1940s

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Sahelese; Mali; Dogon
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Mali, Dogon, Ireli area, 20th Century
Title: Monkey Mask (omono)
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1940
Creation End Date: 1949
Creation Date: c. 1940s
Creation Place: Africa, Mali, Ireli area
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Wood and pigment
Dimensions: Overall: 91.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1975.151
Credit Line: Gift of Katherine C. White
Context: The omono (white-bellied monkey) mask is rare in the eighty or more characters portrayed in Dogon masks. It dances to a fast drum rhythm, hopping and crossing one leg in front of the other. For the Dogon, the monkey is a metaphor for improper human behaviors---gluttony, thievery, and laziness---which are satirized in the masked dance performance.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1975.151
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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