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Statue Dogon Bombou- toro (N° 18063)
Work illustrating the statuary from the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, bombou-toro. This statue stands out thanks to its hairstyle composed of braided ridges, long graceful limbs, a high conical chest, a seat whose feet appear to be beings belonging to dogon mythology. Bracelets are engraved on the arms, and scarifications are inscribed on the face and body. Grainy matte patina.
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Sculpted mostly by a family, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. Their functions, however, remain little known. Parallel to Islam, the 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, binou invoking the spirit world and led by the priest of Binou, and the society of masks concerning funerals.
Litt.: The Tribal Art of Black Africa. Assouline
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