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Dogon bronze (N° 22170)

Ex-French African art collection.
Longiform silhouettes, rising from a rectangular base, depicting ancestors. These African statues Dogon, in bronze, evoke the Nommos, mythical beings at the origin of creation among the Dogon of Mali. Their surface is hammered with notches. Verdigris patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (north-west of Ouahigouya ). The villages are often perched on top of the scree on the side of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of Dogon migrations and settlements (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages) bears on several hypotheses. For some historians, the Dogon would have fled from an area west of their current location, following an attack. Remains of old steelworks on the Bandiagara plateau, dating from the 15th century, confirm the activity of the blacksmiths. The latter form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim They now produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire", they are also supposed to heal burns (Huib Blom).  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)alliage de bronze
Height cm100
Width12 cm
Weight2.40 Kg
Estimated datingcontemporain

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