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Dogon Cup (N° 19349)
Belgian African tribal art collection.
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Carved out of wood, this spherical container for ritual use has a foot to facilitate the grip. Decorative motifs, hatching, friezes and zigzag lines, are engraved around the edges, while other diamond-shaped elements in relief underline the outline of the vase. Some symbols, in wavelets, are associated with the Dogon myths of creation. Collected in the 1950s by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot, Alain Bilot,
renowned collector of Dogon art during study stays in Mali.
Matt, granular surface.
The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was charged with studying in depth the rites of this population established in the cliff region of Bandiagara. The Dogon would be composed of several peoples who had found refuge there following repeated droughts or invasions. This work was then completed by a number of eminent researchers and anthropologists. The bowls and bowls, made of wood and ceramics, were placed on the altars ginna dedicated to the ancestors of lineages, next to the figurative sculptures dege, in order to make libations.
The Dogon blacksmiths, forming an endogamous caste called irim, nowadays produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire", they are also supposed to treat burns (Huib Blom).
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