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Dogon neck support (N° 23543)

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Former headrest whose large concave support is established on a rectangular base of a smaller format. The grainy raw surface bears a patina of use, abraded and eroded on the contours. Collected in the Bandiagara cliffs region.
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.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height cm13
Depth9 cm
Width21 cm
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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