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Bronze Dogon equestrian figure (N° 17386)
The frequent representations of horsemen among the Dogon of Mali refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. Indeed, one of the Nammos, ancestors of men, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended on the earth carried by an arch transformed into a horse. In addition, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious leader named Hogon , paraded on his mount during his induction because it was customary for him not to set foot on the ground. In the region of the cliffs of Sangha, inaccessible on horseback, the priests wore it, while whining in reference to the mythical ancestor Nommo. The characters are depicted naked, riding raw, the man wearing the hogon cap grabbing the bridle of one hand has a spear in the second. Grey-green patina.
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The Dogon 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). 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. The ditle-Djibouti 1931 mission, led by Marcel Griaule , was tasked with studying in depth the rites of this population established in the Bandiagara Cliffs region. The Dogon dydates several peoples who have taken refuge there as a result of repeated droughts or invasions. This work was then completed by a number of eminent researchers and anthropologists. Blacksmiths Dogon forment an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim . They now produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. " They are also supposed to treat burns (Huib Blom).
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|Origin||récolté in-situ 1989|
|Material(s)||alliage de bronze|
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