Evidence in Paint Drips: The Conservation Treatment of a Dogon Kanaga Mask

Kanaga Mask
Dogon, Mid-20th century
Wood, plant fiber, paint, hide with fur

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While preparing a Dogon Kanaga mask for exhibition at the Carlos Museum, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow Ashley Jehle discovered clues to the object’s original construction.  Informed by careful examination of the object, research into itsuse, and consultation with the curator, the conservation treatment improved the object’s stability and appearance.