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Statuette Dogon Bombou-toro (N° 17119)
French African art collection.
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Sculpture acquired in a Parisian art gallery, depicting a kneeling female being, adorned with bracelets. It offers four janiform heads carrying a container. The tubular beards extending the faces rest on cylindrical shoulders. The dogon decorative motifs, in broken lines, associated with traditional scarifications, are engraved on the surface. They refer to dogon cosmogony. Abraded brown patina. Desication cracks.
Sculpted mostly by a family, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community. 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.
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