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Bronze Dogon Rider (N° 14666)

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This rider figure would represent a Dogon warrior with his spear. The stylized horse is pitched up and has stretched legs. The sculpture is provided with many details, executed meticulously, such as engraved decorative motifs. Ex. collection of the painter 'a href'""- Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a href-U'0022"-Ruth Schgst , a gandher artist. The frequent representations of a rider, among the Dogon of Mali, refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. Indeed, one of the Nommos, ancestors of men, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended on the earth carried by an arch transformed into a horse. Moreover, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious leader named Hogon, was parading on his mount at his induction because, according to custom, he was not to set foot on the ground. In the area of the cliffs of Sangha, inaccessible on horseback, the priests wore it, while hating in reference to the mythical ancestor Nommo. The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule , was tasked with studying in depth the rites of this population established in the cliff region of Bandiagara, south-west of the Niger Loop. The Dogon, a people of farmers, are said to be made up of several peoples who have taken refuge there as a result of repeated droughts or invasions. This work was then completed by a number of eminent researchers and anthropologists. Remains of ancient steel sites on the Bandiagara plateau, dating back to the 15th century, confirm the activity of blacksmiths. The latter form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim They now produce weapons, tools, and also work wood. They are also supposed to treat burns (Huib Blom).  

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OriginEx. collection Engstfeld
Material(s)bronze africain
Weight0.97 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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