African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Dogon
The sculpted figure depicted kneeling, opposite, forms an illustration of the hermaphrodite statuary from the central part of the cliff of Bandiagara, bombou-toro. It is part of an important collection of dogon objects. This statue is distinguished by the flat headdress with an open base, long graceful limbs, a bulbous abdomen marked with umbilical protrusion, shoulders cut in a semicircle. Bracelets are engraved on the arms, and dented patterns are chiseled on the bust. Greyish and grainy matte patina, dry, encrusted deposits, good general condition.
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Sculpted mostly by a family, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. Their functions, however, remain little known. Parallel to Islam, the Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon, the Wagem, cult of ancestors under the authority of the patriarch, binou invoking the spirit world and led by the priest of Binou, and the society of masks concerning funerals.
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