Satimbe Mask
Dance Goddess
Wood and Jungle Rope
H 37 inches W 13 inches
Dogon Culture
Mali, Subsaharan Africa

The goddess, Satimbe, taught the Dogons of sub-Saharan Africa their dances and the art of mask-making. She is also called Yasigine, elder sister of the masks and always plays an essential role in the Awa (secret society) rituals. During the Dama ceremony, dancers in archetypal masks reenact the mythological relationship between the people, nature and powerful ancestors. "Images of the Goddess," one of several current exhibitions at Inspired Planet, includes jewelry, masks, temple statues, icons and textiles.