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Dogon statue (N° 20630)

An ogival head with a blind, striated face, a neck imprisoned in angular excrescences, shoulders and hips in the shape of a disc overhanging compacted, rounded legs, these elements combine to compose this Dogon sculpture.
Velvety matt patina, cracks and slight abrasions. Carved for the most part on commission by a family and in this case arranged on the family altar Tiré Kabou, the Dogon tribal statues can also be the object of worship by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on ancestor altars and participate in various rituals including those of the seed and harvest periods. Their functions, however, remain little known. In parallel with 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 led by the priest of the Binou, and the society of the masks regarding funerals.  

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OriginCollection française G.
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height45
Width9
Weight1.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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