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Figures of primordial Dogon couple in bronze (N° 20189)
Silhouettes of ancestors, graceful, standing like columns towards the sky. These African Dogon statues, made of bronze, evoke the Nommos, mythical beings at the origin of creation among the Dogon of Mali. Also reminiscent of the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they are represented in a position of invocation, arms raised to the sky. Their surface is hammered with notches.
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The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, 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 the top of scree on the side of hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages), involves several hypotheses. For some historians, the Dogon would have fled from an area located west of their current location, following an aggression. Remains of ancient ironworks 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.
"Masters of fire", they are also supposed to cure burns(Huib Blom).
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