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Dogon female figure (N° 21548)

Hermaphroditic statue whose feet span and attitude suggest a dynamic. The long, bent arms accompany the "movement", while the chest projects in a shell. The detailed face, topped with various braids, is highlighted by a beard. On the back, sheltered by the overhang of the shoulders, a female figure whose feet rest on the buttocks, forms a high relief.
Unpolished surface bearing the adze strokes.
Dark velvety patina, cracks of desiccation.
Carved for the most part on order by a family and in this case placed on the family altar Tiré Kabou, 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 African statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on ancestor altars and participate in various rituals, including those of the sowing and harvesting periods. However, their functions remain little known. In 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, ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of spirits and directed by the priest of the Binou, and the society of masks concerning funerals.  

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OriginCollection P. Malisse
Weight2.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid- xx°

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