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Dogon Altar Figure (N° 12317)

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Juché on a circular base, the figure with the raised arm adopts the attitude of call to the distinctive rain of the statues of Tintam, from the northeastern region of the plateau that dominates the cliffs of Bandiagara. The breasts evoke those of Nommo, the mythical ancestor, allegory of fertility. Abrus seeds, dotted on the base, are agglomerated by crusty libatory residues, which also suggest an underlying pattern composed of cauris. Visible drips. Dry crusty skate. According to the dogon cosmogon, the first primordial ancestors of the Dogon, called Nommo , were the bisexual gods of water. They were created in heaven by the creator Amma and descended from heaven to earth in an ark. The Nommo founded the eight dogon lineages and instilled weaving, the art of forging, and agriculture in their human descendants. Sculpted mostly to order by a family and in this case arranged on the family altar Pull Kabou , the Dogon tribal statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on altars of ancestors and participate in various rituals including those of periods of seeds and harvests. However, their functions remain little known. Parallel to Islam, dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon, the Wagem, cult of ancestors under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of spirits and led by the priest of Binou, and the society of masks concerning the funeral. (Dogon, H.Blom)  

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Origincollection fraçaise ex-Galerie Farafi Aix
EthnyDogon
Countrynigeria
Material(s)wood, seedsd'abrus
Height48
Width18
Weight1.70 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1950

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