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Statue Dogon (N° 15124)
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, the foundation 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. Represented sitting on a stool, this woman supports one of her breasts, a gesture associated with fertility. Its shaved head carries a sagittal crest running up to the nape of the neck. The abodmen is bulgingA long crack runs through one side of the sculpture. Medium brown oiled patina revealing an underlying ocré wood.
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