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Dege Dogon Statue (N° 11871)
Ex-collection of African art SEM Lamine Aidara Worn on the head at the funeral of women, these statues could be seen by the public.
Apart of the ceremonies, they remained in the custody of the dean of women. angular shapes, sitting on a four-legged stool, it evokes the female ancestor and is invoked for the purpose of fertility.The erect chest, the slightly rounded belly, and the infants it presents, clearly illustrate the motherhood. wood in which it has been carved has been subjected to xylophagous attacks, the rough patina is dull Indigenous repair of the base using a metal clip Carved mostly on order placed by a family, the Dogon statues may also be the object of worship by the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village, but their functions remain little known. Parallel to Islam, the Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon, the Wagem, ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch, Binou invoking the spirit world and led by the priest of Binou, and the society of masks concerning funerals.