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Dogon Statue (N° 25352)

Female statue carved into angular volumes, sitting on a four-legged stool. This African sculpture invoked for the purpose of fertility relates to the female ancestor. Worn on the head at women's funerals, these statues could be viewed by the public. Apart from the ceremonies, they remained under the care of the dean of women. Native restoration (metal staple). Desication erosions and cracks.
Carved for the most part on order placed by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village. However, their functions remain little known. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lébé, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon, the Wagem, worship of the ancestors under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of the spirits and directed by the Binou priest, and the funeral mask society.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm83
Width18 cm
Weight5.27 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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