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Dogon box (N° 23167)

This small cupboard with two movable shutters, set on three legs, was probably designed to store active medicinal preparations prepared according to the advice of the elders who had been initiated into the science of trees or " jiridon ". The walls are carved with figures of mythical ancestors Nommos, geniuses associated with the creation of the world and guarantors of health and fertility. These are believed to activate the healing power of the actives. Brown satin patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (north-west of Ouahigouya ). The villages are often perched on top of the scree on the side of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of Dogon migrations and settlements (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages) involves several hypotheses. For some historians, the Dogon would have fled from an area west of their current location, following an attack. The Dogon blacksmith artisans, forming an endogamous caste called irim, produce today weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire", they are also supposed to heal burns (Huib Blom).  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm43
Width10 cm
Weight0.85 Kg

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