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Dogon Ogo Banya Cup (N° 21414)
The emblematic cups of African Dogon art
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Dogon pot for ceremonial use whose lid is decorated with the Hogon, a religious leader personified by the rider on his mount. Very fine linear motifs recall that the Nommo, mythical ancestor to whom the rider also refers, is a water god who taught weaving to humans(M. Buratti). Thick matte black patina, desiccation cracks.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, myths and rituals. 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). Their oldest religious leader, the Hogon, the highest authority of the Dogon people, paraded on his horse at the time of his enthronement because it was customary for him not to set foot on the ground.
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