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Dogon statues (N° 15085)
These graceful filiform silhouettes evoke the primordial couple Nommos at the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. Recalling also the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they sport a tense neck, supporting a chin raised horizontally, looking towards the horizon. These bronze statues are hammered with a succession of notches. Copper brown patina.
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The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the facilities of the Dogon (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages), relates to several hypotheses. According to some historians, the Dogons fled from an area west of their present location as a result of an assault. Remains of ancient steel sites on the Bandiagara plateau, dating back to the 15th century, confirm the activity of blacksmiths. The latter form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. They now produce weapons, tools, and also work wood. They are also supposed to treat burns (Huib Blom).
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