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Dogon ceremonial hair pin (N° 13719)

Jan Putteneers African Art Collection for sale.

This dogon sculpture, a traditional figurative jewel, adorned with a zoomorphic subject, accompanied the ceremonial dress of religious leaders hogon responsible for the cult of the lebed, the mythical snake, and the priests of Binou. Small metal objects fashioned using the lost wax technique were widespread in the interior delta region of Niger, with copper being made possible by trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have uncovered remains of steel sites prior to the 15th century, when the Dogons arrived. Blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. They now produce weapons, tools, and also work wood. They are also believed to be associated with the primordial beings of the god Ama, which are associated with the Dogon cosmogony, according to the Dogon Cosmogon to the primordial beings of the The Nommo, evoked in various forms in dogon iconography, is said to be a protective ancestor endowed with the ability to manifest itself in a human or animal form. The scorpion, a mythical reptile whose venomous bite can cause death, could also be associated with a bush genius, yébèm . He is depicted here in a menacing attitude, bent tail. Its qualities of resistance to extreme climatic conditions, prolonged fasting, make it a powerful symbol. In yellow copper alloy, this element of Dogon tribal adornment has acquired a beautiful golden patina.  

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OriginCollection Jan Putteneers
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)bronze
Height24
Depth3
Width4
Weight0.21 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1980
Socle includedYes

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