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Dogon statues of the primordial couple (N° 14619)

Figures such as those below, personifying ancestors or nommo the origin of creation in the Dogon, were intended to appear on family altars. They received libations that were supposed to divert wounds and plagues, increase harvests and increase fertility. Represented sitting on a stool in the front position, their slender arms bent like legs, the characters have a similar head, with a flared beard and a thin crenellated crest. The busts and shoulders are engraved with meticulous geometric patterns associated with traditional scarifications, and the streaked arms indicate the wearing of bracelets. Altered wood, ravine. Dry, grainy surface, libation-encrusted residues.
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 for example, the founding 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 spirit world and led by the priest of Binou, and the society of masks concerning the funeral. (Dogon, H.Blom)  

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OriginCollection privée Dolisi
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height50
Width12
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated dating1e halfxxe

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