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Dogon Cup bronze (N° 18782)
The emblematic cups of Dogon African art
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On this figurative cup for ceremonial use, a female figure is enthroned, kneeling. The cup is supported by horses and human figures with raised arms. The Nommo, a mythical ancestor to whom the figurative motifs also refer, is a water god who taught weaving to humans (M. Buratti).
Golden brown patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on top of scree slopes on the hillsides, with unique architecture. The Dogon blacksmiths, forming an endogamous caste named irim, produce today weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire", they are also supposed to treat burns (Huib Blom).
Their oldest religious leader, the Hogon, the highest authority of the Dogon people, rode on his mount at the time of his enthronement because it was customary for him not to set foot on the ground.
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