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Dogon Cup bronze (N° 18546)
The emblematic cuts of African dogon
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On this figurative cut for ceremonial use, a female figure sits, kneeling. The cut is supported by particularly stylized horses and characters. Nommo, the mythical ancestor to which the figures also refer, is a water god who taught humans to weave(Mr. Buratti). Golden brown patina.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop scree at the hillside, according to a unique architecture. Dogon blacksmiths, forming an endogamous caste called irim , now produce weapons, tools, and also work wood. " They are also supposed to treat burns (Huib Blom). Their religious leader, the Hogon, the highest authority of the Dogon people, was parading on his mount during his induction because it was customary for him not to set foot on the ground.
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