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Figures de couple Dogon (N° 18721)
Tribal-inspired, elongated silhouettes on a pedestal, depicting statues of ancestors. These African Dogon statues, in bronze, evoke the Nommos, at the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. Also recalling the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they are represented in a position of invocation, arms raised towards the sky. Their surface is punctuated by a succession of notches.
Orange brown patina.
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The Dogon 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 the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on top of scree slopes on the hillsides, with unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages) is based on several hypotheses. For some historians, the Dogon fled from an area west of their current location following an attack. Remains of ancient iron and steel sites on the Bandiagara plateau, dating from the 15th century, confirm the activity of blacksmiths. The latter form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim.
Today they produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood.
"They are also supposed to treat burns (Huib Blom).
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|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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