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Niongom statue (N° 22872)

Named "Nommo shicouroulé" by the Niongom, this type of figure marrying the natural shape of a branch would embody the primordial man created by the god Ama, supposed to inspire the religious leader Hogon. The inclined bust, long hands flattened on the thighs, the character offers his profile. Continuous dotted linear facial and body scarifications extend onto the cup and the small dome on which the figure is perched.
Velvety matte patina, locally abraded blackish coating. Small erosions.
Carved for the most part to order placed by a family and in this case placed on the family altar Tiré Kabou, the Dogon tribal statues can also be the object of cults of the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on altars of ancestors and take part in various rituals, including those of the sowing and harvesting periods. However, their functions remain little known.  


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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm102
Width11 cm
Weight3.80 Kg
Socle includedYes

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