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Bronze Dogon Box (N° 19171)
The frequent representations of horsemen in the African art of the Dogon of Mali refer to their cosmogony and complex religious myths. One of the Nommos, ancestors of mankind, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended to earth carried by an ark transformed into a horse. The walls are decorated with allegorical decorative motifs, such as friezes of wavelets and leaf patterns. The whole has a golden brown patina.
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(Dogon, Huib Blom) The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was charged to study in depth the rites of this population established in the cliffs region of Bandiagara. The Dogon would be composed of several peoples who had found refuge there following repeated droughts or invasions. This work was then completed by a number of eminent researchers and anthropologists.
The Dogon blacksmiths, forming an endogamous caste called irim, today produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire", they are also supposed to treat burns (Huib Blom).
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