Longiform subjects rising from a flat base, depicting the primordial ancestors of the Dogon. These African Dogon statues, in bronze, are indeed associated with the Nommos, mythical beings at the origin of creation among the Dogon of Mali. These "walkers" evoke the sculptures of the famous Giacometti. Their surface is hammered with notches.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (north-west of Ouahigouya ). The villages are often perched at the top of the scree on the hillside, according to a unique architecture. Remains of old iron and steel sites on the Bandiagara plateau, dating from the 15th century, confirm the activity of the blacksmiths. The latter form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim
They now produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood.
"Masters of fire", they are also supposed to heal burns (Huib Blom).
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