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Dogon Ceremonial Cup (N° 13655)
African art among the Dogon.
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Frequent cavalier representations, in the African art of the Dogon of Mali, refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. This is the case for this ceremonial cut with a lid on which the hermaphrodite rider holds his mount with a bridle veiling the animal's eyes. The object is entirely coated with a crusty sacrificial coating. Slight gaps and desication cracks. One of the Nommos, ancestors of men, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended on the earth carried by an arch transformed into a horse. Moreover, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious leader named Hogon, was parading on his mount at his induction because, according to custom, he was not to set foot on the ground. In the area of the sangha cliffs, inaccessible on horseback, the priests wore it, while hating in reference to the mythical ancestor Nommo. (Dogon , Huib Blom) The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was tasked with studying in depth the rites of this population established in the cliff region of Bandiagara. The Dogons are believed to be made up of 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
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