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Dogon bronze (N° 27812)

Ex. French collection of African art .
The Dogon blacksmith artists form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. Today they produce weapons, tools, and also work wood. "Masters of fire", they are also supposed to heal burns (Huib Blom). The Nommo, a protective ancestor evoked in different forms in Dogon iconography, is said to be an ancestor gifted with the ability to manifest himself in human or animal form, hence the frequent decorative motifs adorning the sculptures and African bronzes of the Dogon. The decorative friezes forming wavelets also form a symbol linked to creation. Copper patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, myths and rituals. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the southwest of the Niger bend in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya).  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)bronze
Height cm14
Width12 cm
Weight0.53 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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