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Pirogue Dogon (N° 18610)
African Art Dogon.
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Embarcation of mythical beings, Nommos linked to the complex legends and beliefs of the Dogon. Animal motifs also refer to the animals of creation. Rusty brown patina. Nommo, a protective ancestor evoked in various forms in Dogon iconography, is said to be an ancestor endowed with the ability to manifest itself in a human or animal form.
Gon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. They now produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. 'Masters of Fire' associated in dogon cosmogony with primordial beings Nommo created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost wax technique, were widespread in the Interior Delta region of Niger, with copper making it through trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have uncovered remains of steel sites prior to the 15th century, when the Dogons arrived.
The Dogon 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). Villages are often perched atop scree at the hillside, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the dogon facilities (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages) relates to several hypotheses. The ditle-Djibouti 1931 mission, led by Marcel Griaule , was tasked with studying in depth the rites of this population established in the Bandiagara Cliffs region. The Dogon dydates several peoples who have taken refuge there as a result of repeated droughts or invasions.
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|Origin||Récoltée in-situ 1986|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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