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Dogon box (N° 23362)

Adorned with bas-relief motifs and horse heads, this lidded vessel is believed to have been designed to store medicinal preparations on the advice of elders who had learned the science of trees or "jiridon ". Figures of "nommos", primordial ancestors, and animal symbols are believed to activate the healing power of the actives. One of the Nommos, ancestors of men, resuscitated by the creator god Amma, is said to have descended to earth carried by an ark transformed into a horse. In addition, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious leader named Hogon, paraded on his mount during his enthronement because according to custom he was not to set foot on the ground. In the region of the cliffs of Sangha, inaccessible on horseback, the priests wore it, while neighing in reference to the mythical ancestor Nommo. (Dogon, Huib Blom) Semi-matte brown patina.
Satin black brown patina.  

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Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm28
Depth13 cm
Width48 cm
Weight1.60 Kg

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