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Dogon Bronzes (N° 23674)

These filiform bronzes embody the primordial couple "Nommos" at the origin of creation among the Dogon of Mali. Evoking the sculptures of Giacometti, these African bronze sculptures are hammered with a succession of notches, punctuating the slender bodies.
Ocher brown patina.
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 ). Remains of old steelworks 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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Material(s)alliage de bronze
Height cm97
Width7 cm
Weight2.25 Kg

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