This Dogon tribal art sculpture composes an abstract work from six subjects clustered around the central core. A circular growth forms the top, the feet are missing.
Eroded matte patina, crusty residue. Desiccation cracks.
These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on ancestral altars and participate in various rituals including those of sowing and harvest periods. Parallel to Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lébé, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon, the Wagem, worship of the 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 funerals.According to Dogon cosmogony, the first primordial ancestors of Dogon , called Nommo, were the bisexual water gods. They were created in the sky by the creator god Amma and descended from heaven to earth in an ark.The Nommo founded the eight lineages of Dogon and instilled weaving, the art of blacksmithing, and agriculture to their human descendants.
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