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Statue of ancestor Dogon (N° 17606)

This bombou-toro-style sculpture, with a hermaphrodite character, depicts an ancestor with a body engraved with linear scarifications bearing multiple bracelets. Desication cracks. Rather light golden brown patina.
Sculpted mostly by a family and in this case placed on the family altar Tiré 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 founding of the village. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on the altars of ancestors and participate in various rituals including those of the periods of seeds and harvests. 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. (Dogon, H.Blom)  

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OriginCollection Lenoir
Weight2.51 Kg

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