African art > African Jar > Bronze Dogon

Dogon Cup bronze (N° 18782)

The emblematic cups of Dogon African art
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.  

Watch the video


This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost

Originex-collection française
Weight2.63 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

You could also be interested by these items
Bronze DogontBoite Dogon

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts

You have question on this item ? contact us

Previously viewed items
African art - Dogon Cup bronze
African art  -  New York - Paris - London

© 2021 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73 Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100