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Figure Dogon and buffalo in bronze (N° 18015)
This sculpture depicting a figure perched on a buffalo probably refers to the religious leader hogon or still one of the primordial ancestors N
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ommo forming a recurring sculpted motif, shown here holding a container.
Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim . They now produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. " Masters of Fire associated in dogon cosmogony with primordial beings Nommo created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost wax technique, were widespread in the Interior Delta region of Niger, with copper making it through trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have uncovered remains of steel sites prior to the 15th century, when the Dogons arrived. Nommo, a protective ancestor evoked in various forms in Dogon iconography, is said to be an ancestor endowed with the ability to manifest itself in a human or animal form.
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|Material(s)||alliage de bronze|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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