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The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-western loop of the Niger 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 on the top of scree on the side of hills, with a unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages) is based on several hypotheses. For some historians, the Dogon fled from an area west of their present location, following an attack.


Figures of primordial Dogon couple in bronze
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Long silhouettes, rising from a rectangular base, representing statues of ancestors. These African Dogon statues, in bronze, evoke the Nommos, mythical beings at the origin of creation among the Dogon of Mali. Their surface is hammered with notches. Orange brown patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on the top of scree on the side of hills, with a unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen ...

Dogon shutter door
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This Dogon door or shutter, complete with its lock, is carefully carved with low-relief anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures, and scenes evoking the rich Dogon cosmogony. The door is made of vertical panels held together by large metal clasps. Each of the figures at the top of the panel wears a kanaga mask, displayed by the Dogon during mourning ceremonies.
Smaller scenes at the bottom of the panel also illustrate daily life.
The Nommo, the mythical ancestor, is said to have founded the eight Dogon lineages and instilled weaving, blacksmithing, and agriculture in their human descendants.
The figures may symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the granary also frequently appear. The motifs on doors in Mali, apart from their ...


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Dogon Monkey Mask
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This African Dogon "monkey" mask was collected in the 1950s by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot, Alain Bilot,
renowned collector of Dogon art during study stays in Mali.
Sheltering large orbital cavities, this heavy mask of angular structure forms the stylized evocation of a monkey. The matte, golden surface has also been rubbed with red ochre, whose crustal residues remain locally encrusted. Speckled powdery patina. Very slight lacks.
More than eighty types of Dogon masks are listed, of which the best known are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of ...


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Dogon stool
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African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Dogon stool

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Five angular feet form the center of this Dogon seat made of a very dense wood. The seat, polished by use, offers a light brown golden patina. Slight cracks, missing at the base. The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on the top of scree on the side of hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages), involves several hypotheses. For some ...


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Dogon horseman figure in bronze
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This statuette represents a horsewoman, carrying a spear. Brown patina with residual ochre inlays. The frequent representations of horsemen among the Dogon of Mali refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. Indeed, one of the Nommos, ancestors of the men, resuscitated by the creator god Amma, came down on the earth carried by an ark metamorphosed into a horse. Moreover, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious chief named Hogon, paraded on his horse during his enthronement because according to the custom he should not put his foot on the ground. In the region of the Sangha cliffs, inaccessible by horse, the priests carried him, neighing in reference to the mythical ancestor Nommo.
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Female figure Dogon
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Sculpted mostly to order by a family and in this case arranged on the family altar Pull Kabou , the Dogon tribal 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. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on altars of ancestors and participate in various rituals including those of periods of seeds and harvests. However, their functions remain little known. Parallel to Islam, 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, the Binou invoking the spirit world and led by the priest of Binou, and the society of ...


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Dogon hunter mask
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This mask with a concave face, surmounted by a circular protrusion, is a hunting mask, dana-na , which, to entertain the assistants, evolved during pantomimes simulating the hunting of game. It was surrounded by masks such as the rabbit mask whose wearer also acted. Matt patina, dry, grainy surface. The dance symbolizes the cunning of the animal against the hunter. The hare is also very present in Dogon tales and myths. The masks were regularly repainted on the occasion of new celebrations, in this case with natural ochre pigments and a black pastillage on a cream background. Abrasions.
The Dogon people are renowned in African art for the myths and beliefs relating to their cosmogony.
Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the ...


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Dogon Tellem neck support
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Daily use has abraded and matified this soberly made neckrest, which, thanks to its small size, accompanied its owner on his travels.
The southern part of the plateau overlooking the Bandiagara cliff has been occupied since the 10th century by the Tellem and Niongom. They were then displaced by the Dogon in the 15th century, who fled from the Mande. The Tellem form the ancestors of the Kurumba of Burkina Faso.
The Dogon statuary is not easily distinguished from that of the Tellemand nor from that of the Niongom because reciprocal influences have manifested themselves over the centuries. A recurrence: the characters with arms raised above the head, in a position of invocation.

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Figures of primordial Dogon couple in bronze
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Silhouettes of ancestors, graceful, standing like columns towards the sky. These African Dogon statues, made of bronze, evoke the Nommos, mythical beings at the origin of creation among the Dogon of Mali. Also reminiscent of the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they are represented in a position of invocation, arms raised to the sky. Their surface is hammered with notches. Green-brown patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on the top of scree on the side of hills, according to ...

Dogon couple figures
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Ex.belgian African art collectionr-These mythical protective figures no doubt evoke the primordial couple, associated with the Nommos , at the origin of the dogon creation. Ovoid heads whose nasal ridge joins the crest rest on discoid chin straps. The volume of the body sculpted into a block is presented in sharp, stylized planes, arms attached to the bust, an umbilical protrusion affirming lineage, and semi-flexed legs seeming to sink into a circular base. Dry crusty skate. Cracks in desications. Mostly custom-carved by a family, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. However, their functions remain little known. Parallel to Islam, dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, ...


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Statuette Dogon Bombou-toro
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French African art collection.
Sculpture acquired in a Parisian art gallery, depicting a kneeling female being, adorned with bracelets. It offers four janiform heads carrying a container. The tubular beards extending the faces rest on cylindrical shoulders. The dogon decorative motifs, in broken lines, associated with traditional scarifications, are engraved on the surface. They refer to dogon cosmogony. Abraded brown patina. Desication cracks.
Sculpted mostly by a family, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community. 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 ...

Dogon mask
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Ancient Dogon mask, carved in dense wood, with powerful protruding features, and ears arranged high on either side of the forehead. Ochre patina, matt and powdery, with granular residual inlays. Desiccation cracks.
More than eighty types of Dogon masks are listed, of which the best known are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé and Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Awa society, during funeral ceremonies. The Awa refers to the masks, their costumes, and the set of Dogons serving the masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of African Dogon art. The "nyama", the life force of the mask, is activated by various rituals to develop the full magical potential of the object.


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Dogon Bombou-toro ancestor figures
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These mythical protective figures no doubt evoke the primordial couple, associated with the Nommos , at the origin of the creation of dogon. Their tribal style is characteristic of the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, bombou-toro. An antique piece acquired by the owner in a gallery in Aix in Provence, it is part of an important collection of Dogon objects. Small ovoid heads with crests extending over the faces above discoid chin straps. The stretched arms accompany a long bust including the abdominal protruding, and the position of the hands on the lower abdomen, affirms lineage and fertility. Dry skate, eroded wood. Cracks. Mostly custom-carved by a family, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. ...

Dogon Gate
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French African art collection.
This Dogon door or shutter, complete with lock, is elaborately carved with bas-relief anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures and scenes evoking the rich Dogon cosmogony. According to Dogon mythology, the first inhabitants of the Bandiagara area crossed the river on the back of a crocodile. The figures may symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the granary are also frequently featured. The door is made of vertical panels held together by large metal staples. The motifs on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to dissuade intruders, whether human or animal, from entering. The locks, like the doors, are carved in wood chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used. ...


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Bronze Dogon Box
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The frequent representations of horsemen in the African art of the Dogon of Mali refer to their cosmogony and complex religious myths. One of the Nommos, ancestors of mankind, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended to earth carried by an ark transformed into a horse. The walls are decorated with allegorical decorative motifs, such as friezes of wavelets and leaf patterns. The whole has a golden brown patina.
(Dogon, Huib Blom) The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was charged to study in depth the rites of this population established in the cliffs region of Bandiagara. The Dogon would be composed of several peoples who had found refuge there following repeated droughts or invasions. This work was then ...


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Dogon Cosmogonic Volet
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This Dogon door or shutter, equipped with its lock, is carefully sculpted with anthropomorphic and zoomorphic bas-relief figures, and scenes evoking the rich Dogon cosmogony. According to Dogon mythology, the first inhabitants of the Bandiagara area crossed the river on the back of a crocodile. The characters can symbolize previous generations, the mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic are also frequently featured. The door is made up of vertical panels that are maintained by large metal staples. The motifs on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering. Locks, like doors, are cut from wood chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used. Because each plant is ...


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Dogon Kanaga Mask
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African Kanaga mask of the Dogon. In funeral rites, members of the Awa society, dance with the masks on the roof of the dead man's house, to lead his soul (nyama) to its eternal rest and to defend the living. The Kanaga mask is also used to protect hunters from the vengeance of the prey he has killed.
This example is designed according to a recurrent structure: a vertical central board, with "arms" fixed by leather ties and a mask with angular features. The polychrome pigments were refreshed before each performance. This mask, in a very good state of preservation, has a particularity of a matt polychromy of red ochre and blue grey. In preparation for funerals or during the mourning period, numerous copies, almost all identical, appear on ...


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Dogon pharmacopoeia box
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Dogon Box

Decorated with figures in bas-relief, this African art sculpture, a box with two movable flaps, established on three legs, was probably designed to preserve active medicinal preparations prepared according to the advice of the ancients who had been initiated into the science of trees or " jiridon ". The figures of "nommos", primordial ancestors, and animal symbols are supposed to activate the healing power of the active. Satin brown patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on the top ...


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Dogon pirogue
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Boat of mythical beings, Nommos linked to the Dogon's complex legends and beliefs. The animal motifs also refer to the animals of creation. Rusty brown patina. The Nommo, a protective ancestor evoked in different forms in Dogon iconography, is said to be an ancestor gifted with the ability to manifest himself in human or animal form. The Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. Today they produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire" associated in Dogon cosmogony with the primordial beings "Nommo" created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost wax technique, were widespread in the region of the interior delta of the Niger, copper reaching it thanks to ...


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Bronze Dogon Pirogue
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The work of bronze and the Dogons in African art
br>This bronze sculpture features a crew composed of mythical beings, the Nommos, linked to the complex legends and beliefs of the Dogon. The Namo founded the eight dogon lineages and instilled weaving, the art of forging, and agriculture in their human descendants. This protective ancestor evoked in different forms in Dogon iconography would be endowed with the ability to manifest itself in a human or animal form. Skate vert-de-gris.br />Gon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. They now produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. 'Masters of Fire' associated in dogon cosmogony with primordial beings Nommo created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the ...


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Statuette Dogon Tellem
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This statue of African art is part of a collection patiently collected by a dogon art enthusiast. All in front, this African tribal statue positioned standing half-flexed legs on a circular base adopts arms raised, palms joined facing forward. Her crenellated crest hairstyle prolongs her nose soaring. At the top of the head a hole was practiced. An old chipped patina, grey in colour, coats this object that has been visibly subjected to ritual libations. The object has eroded parts and desication cracks.
The southern plateau overlooking the Bandiagara cliff has been occupied since the 10th century by the Tellem and Niongom. They were then displaced by the Dogon in the 15th century, who fled the Mandé. The Tellem became the ancestors of the Kurumba of Burkina Faso.
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