The range of composition and formation of Fossungo Dagnogos masks is very small. He did hold on one style for decades, though he is known for achiving a pure "modern" style. About 10 Kpelié masks in exact the same style are known and documentated. Fossoungo was a close friend of Songuifolo Silué. Provably Silué, who was 20 years younger than Fossoungo, was influenced by the simplicity of Dagnogos masks. Both were Fono. Typical for both carvers is the triangularly formed facette on the back. It is said, that Fonos had problems to deepen the back of their masks with their limited tools. A Koulé works with a wider range of hatchets and knives for a more precise, even and detailed carving (read more in the blog article: Signs of a Kpelié mask cearved by a Fono)
Fossoungo Dagnogo did carve for almost 60 years. Working with just one style, his masks can be compared. There are certain developmental levels in his work to determine the age of his Kpelié. Older masks, carved before 1950, are flat and unevenly. Masks from around 1960 show more volume, are balanced and even. Persumibly Fossoungo got also influenced by Songuifolo Silué, who became a well known master after 1950. The mask on the right is very similar to masks made by Silué in the late 1960ies.
Left: Kpelié mask, carved by Fossoungo Dagnogo, Fono from Kalaha. *1894 +1973. Time of creation around 1950.
32,5x 12,5 x 5,5 cm, wood. Collected by Karl-Heinz Krieg 1989.
- Wenn Neuordnung Ordnung schafft, Markus Ehrhard, page 112 - 113.
Middle: Kpelié mask, carved by Fossoungo Dagnogo, Fono from Kalaha. *1894 +1973. Time of creation around 1940.
29,5x 14,0 x 6,0 cm, wood. Collected by Karl-Heinz Krieg.
- Wenn Brauch Gebrauch beeinflusst, Markus Ehrhard, page 92 - 93.
Right: Kpelié mask, carved by Fossoungo Dagnogo, Fono from Kalaha. *1894 +1973. Time of creation around 1960 to 1970.
29,5 x 13,0 x 6,0 cm, wood. Collected by Christian Siegenthaler.
- Wenn Brauch Gebrauch beeinflusst, Markus Ehrhard, page 94 - 95.
- Afrika Begegnung, aus der Sammlung Artur und Heidrun Elmer, page 67.
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