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Cavalier Dogon and his mount (N° 18310)

The elegance of proportions and attitudes, in this work of African art made in bronze, has been translated with talent by the dogon blacksmith. The latter form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim . They now produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. " They are also supposed to treat burns (Huib Blom). The frequent representations of the rider, among the Dogon of Mali, refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. Indeed, one of the Nammos, 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 appointed Hogon , paraded on his mount during his induction because it was customary to set foot on the ground. In the region of the cliffs of Sangha, inaccessible on horseback, the priests wore it, while whining in reference to the mythical ancestor Nommo.
The çi-versus character holds his mount with a single bridle, a spear on the other. Green patina, ochre residue.
The 1931 Dakar-Djibouti mission, led by Marcel Griaule , was commissioned to study in depth the rites of this population established in the Bandiagara Cliffs region. The Dogon dydates 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.  

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Originrécolté in situ 2001
Material(s)alliage de bronze
Weight2.25 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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