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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.


Dogon bronze ceremonial box
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The rider and his mount, symbols of power and wealth since they are rare, are a recurring theme in African art, particularly in Mali.

This ceremonial cup takes up the theme of the mythical ark in the Dogon genesis. Indeed, one of the Nommos , ancestors of the Dogon, resurrected by the creator god Amma , is said to have descended to earth carried by an ark metamorphosed into a horse. Ornamental motifs, such as wavelet friezes and references to the snake, adorn its contours.
Copper brown patina. The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, 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 ...

Dogon Ogo Banya Cup
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The emblematic cups of African Dogon art
Dogon pot for ceremonial use whose lid is decorated with the Hogon, a religious leader personified by the rider on his mount. Very fine linear motifs recall that the Nommo, mythical ancestor to whom the rider also refers, is a water god who taught weaving to humans(M. Buratti). Thick matte black patina, desiccation cracks. The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, myths and rituals. 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). Their oldest religious leader, the Hogon, the highest authority of the Dogon people, paraded on his horse at the time of his enthronement ...


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Dogon ceremonial hair pin
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African art collection put up for sale by Jan Putteneers.
This dogon sculpture, a traditional figurative jewel, adorned with a zoomorphic subject, accompanied the ceremonial dress of religious leaders, hogon, responsible for the cult of the lebe, mythical snake, and priests of the Binou. Small metal objects, made using the lost wax technique, were widespread in the interior delta region of Niger, with copper being made possible through trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have uncovered remains of steel sites prior to the 15th century, when the Dogons arrived. In yellow copper alloy, this element of dogon tribal adornment has acquired a beautiful golden patina. Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called rim . They now produce weapons, ...


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Dogon horseman in bronze
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Dogon bronze

Belgian African art collection. Bronze sculpture featuring a mythical rider, ancestor or Dogon religious leader. Golden patina.
The frequent representations of horsemen, among the Dogon of the Mali, refer to their cosmogony and complex religious myths. Indeed, one of the Nommos , ancestors of men , resurrected by the creator god Amma , came down to 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 while neighing in reference to the mythical ancestor Nommo.
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Dogon Satimbe mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Dogon mask

The crest of this mask consists of a sculpture in the round displaying the attributes of the Dogon woman. However, this is only a part of the mask: for the Dogon, in fact, the whole mask consists not only of the wooden element that is supposed to conceal the dancer's face but also of the fiber costume accompanying it. In the ladle it has would be contained the powerful nyama . Grainy patina, kaolin residue.
The female figure at the top, Ya Sigine , would embody the mythical ancestor who would have stolen the masks from supernatural beings, taking captive an old Albarga man initiated into the secrets of the masks. The woman initiated into the Ya Sigine is since then the only woman who can participate in Dogon rituals and benefit from masked funerals. More than eighty types of ...


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Dogon Dege female figure
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African art and dogon mythology
Tribal sculpture whose bust is arranged in different losangic volumes connected by endless arms joining over the protruding sex, this African statue Dogon features decorative motifs in checkerboards and a stylized quadrangular umbilical. A goiter shape supports a head with a tuned features, with large circular ears. Collars and bracelets are drawn on the arms. Metal staples control cracks that have appeared over time. The surface is dull, grainy and dry. According to Geneviève Calame-Griaule, these statues, associated with fertility and motherhood, named dege were intermediaries between men and spirits or geniuses. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on altars of ancestors and participate in various rituals ...


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Dogon female figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Dogon statue

Hermaphroditic statue whose feet span and attitude suggest a dynamic. The long, bent arms accompany the "movement", while the chest projects in a shell. The detailed face, topped with various braids, is highlighted by a beard. On the back, sheltered by the overhang of the shoulders, a female figure whose feet rest on the buttocks, forms a high relief.
Unpolished surface bearing the adze strokes.
Dark velvety patina, cracks of desiccation.
Carved for the most part on order by a family and in this case placed on the family altar Tiré Kabou, 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 African statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, ...


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

The usual objects in African art.
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 figurative box
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Decorated with bas-relief motifs and horse heads, this African art sculpture is believed to have been designed to store 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 believed to activate the healing power of the actives. One of the Nommos, ancestors of men, resurrected by the creator god Amma, is said to have descended to earth carried by an ark metamorphosed into a horse. In addition, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious chief named Hogon, paraded on his horse during his enthronement because according to custom he should not set foot on the ground. In the region of the Sangha cliffs, inaccessible by ...


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Female figure Dogon
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This figure could represent Ya Sigine , a woman whose role is to be the counterweight of the male omnipotence in the social and political order within the Dogon society. This figure, Ya Sigine , would embody the mythical ancestor who allegedly stole the masks from supernatural beings, making a captive an old Albarga introduced to the secrets of masks. The woman initiated to the Ya Sigine has since been the only woman who can participate in dogon rituals and enjoy a masked funeral. In the ladle at its disposal would be contained the powerful nyama . Ya Sigine is consistently depicted on the satimbe masks which she also overcomes: the gaze is stretched towards the horizon, the chest is straight, but above all the arms are disproportionately long. This protective sculpture presents ...


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Dogon bronze box with lid
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The iconic cups of African Dogon art
. Blacksmith artists Dogon form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim . Today they produce weapons, tools,and also work with wood. "Masters of fire", they are furthermore supposed to heal burns (Huib Blom). 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, hence the frequent decorative motifs adorning the sculptures. The wavelet friezes are also symbolic. Greenish-gray patina. The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, myths and rituals. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living in the southwestern loop of the Niger in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near ...


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Dogon horseman in bronze
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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 men, resurrected by the creator god Amma, came down to earth carried by an ark transformed 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 was not supposed to set 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. The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was charged with studying in depth the rites of this population established in the region of the cliffs of Bandiagara, ...


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Dogon millet loft ladder
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This ladder allowed access to the Dogon millet granaries, earthen architecture distinguished by a conical straw roof. These granaries are equipped with a high opening closed by a shutter and allow the storage of seeds protected from rodents and insects. Dull patina, desiccation cracks and erosions.
The Dogon people are renowned in African art for the myths and beliefs related to their cosmogony. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living in the southwestern loop of the Niger in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina Faso (northwest of Ouahigouya).they produce more than 80 types of masks, of which the most famous are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of ...


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Dogon rider figure
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronze Dogon

The elegance of proportions and attitudes, in this African work of art made of bronze, has been skillfully translated by the Dogon blacksmith. These form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim . Today they produce weapons, tools,and also work with wood. "Masters of fire", they are also supposed to cure burns (Huib Blom). 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 man, resurrected by the creator god Amma , descended to earth carried on an ark metamorphosed into a horse. In addition, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious leader named Hogon , paraded on his mount during his enthronement because according to custom he was not to set foot on ...


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Dogon figurine in black iron
African art > Black iron objects, black iron masks > Dogon figurines

Belgian African art collection.
This Dogon iron was collected in the 1950s by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot,
renowned collector of Dogon art, during study trips to Mali.

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 ...


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Dogon ceremonial spoon
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
Figurative carved spoon, decorated with symbols associated with Dogon myths and cults, including the walu mask. Abraded matt patina. Carved for the most part on commission by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. However, little is known about their functions. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon; the Wagem, ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch; the Binou invoking the spirit world and led by the Binou priest; and the mask society concerning funerals. The Nommo, a mythical figure venerated by the clan and a ...


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Dogon figure
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Belgian African art collection.
Effigy of an asexual ancestor, whose hands rest on the lower abdomen. In African tribal art, this type of sculpture associated with individual worship adorned the Dogon family altar. Grainy ritual patina.

Carved mostly on commission by a family, the Dogon statues may also be the object of worship by the entire community. Their functions, however, remain little known. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon; the Wagem, ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch; the Binou invoking the spirit world and led by the Binou priest; and the mask society concerning funerals.


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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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African art > Black iron objects, black iron masks > Dogon Iron

Dit Dogon ijzer werd in de jaren 1950 verzameld door Monsieur Arnaud, die Alain Bilot,
beroemd verzamelaar van Dogon kunst, tijdens studiereizen naar Mali.

Dogon smeden vormen een endogame kaste onder de Dogon, irim genaamd. Tegenwoordig maken ze wapens, gereedschap en bewerken ze ook hout. "Meesters van het vuur", in de Dogon kosmogonie geassocieerd met de oerwezens "Nommo" geschapen door de god Ama, worden ook verondersteld brandwonden te genezen. Kleine metalen voorwerpen, vervaardigd met behulp van de verloren-wastechniek, waren wijdverspreid in het gebied van de binnenlandse delta van de Niger, waar het ...


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Dogon Mask
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Ultra minimalist, this mask is reduced to a curved volume pierced with triangles for the eyes. The nose, extended to the top of a protrusion akin to an animal head, forms the only relief. Raw patina, eroded surface.
The dogon people renowned in African art for myths and beliefs related to its cosmogony.
Sa population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). They produce more than 80 types of masks, the best known of which are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Wa society during funeral ceremonies. Some represent animals, in reference to the rich mythology of African dogon ...


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Dogon Tintam figure
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African Dogon art.
Anthropomorphic figure carved in light wood, on which a coating has deposited a blackish residue.

Satin smooth surface. Erosions and cracks.
The African tribal statues of the Dogon 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 ancestor altars and participate in various rituals including those of the seed and harvest periods. Their functions, however, remain little known.
The figures with raised arms symbolize a prayer to Amma to grant the rain that is essential to all life, or a gesture of contrition following the violation of a law that led to a drought. The ...


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