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Pirogue Dogon (N° 18832)
Dogon African art.
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Boat of mythical beings, Nommos linked to the legends and complex beliefs of the Dogon. The animal motifs also refer to the animals of creation. Rust brown patina. The Nommo, a protective ancestor evoked in various forms in Dogon iconography, is said to be an ancestor endowed with the ability to manifest himself in human or animal form.
Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim.
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 Faso (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.
The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was charged with an in-depth study of the rites of this population established in the Bandiagara cliff region. The Dogon would be composed of several peoples who found refuge there following repeated droughts or invasions.
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|Origin||Récoltée in situ 1986|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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