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Dogon ointment pot (N° 8627)
Dogon pots are used to store ointments, tobacco, but also serve marabouts as oracle pots.
The this is beautifully decorated with Cariatidic Nommos, central characters in history and dogon rituals. Two equestrian figures support the container while a figure sitting in a suit overcomes the lid.
Or the pot itself are carved stylized reptiles.
The Dogons 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 mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop scree at the hillside, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the dogon facilities (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages) relates to several hypotheses. Some historians believe that the Dogons fled an area west of their present location as a result of an assault.
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|Origin||Pièce récoltée "in situ"|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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