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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 enthronement figure
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French African art collection.
In African tribal art, this type of sculpture frequently illustrates the transmission of power. Among the Dogon, however, its significance remains unknown, but could evoke an anecdote related to creation myths.
Black greasy patina. Carved for the most part 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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Statue Dogon Bombou-Toro
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Characteristic of the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, Bombou-toro, this hermaphroditic figure is distinguished by the circular block of shoulders, long slender limbs, conical chest, and scarified motifs. Crusty matte patina. Inlaid libatory deposits. Cracks.
Sculpted 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, their functions 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, cult of the ancestors under the authority of the patriarch; the Binu invoking the spirit world and led by the Binu ...


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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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Dogon ceremonial hair pin
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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 lebed, the mythical snake, and the priests of Binou. Small metal objects fashioned using the lost wax technique were widespread in the interior delta region of Niger, with copper being made possible by trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have uncovered remains of steel sites prior to the 15th century, when the Dogons arrived. Blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. They now produce weapons, tools, and also work wood. They are also believed to be associated with the primordial beings of the god Ama, ...


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Bronze Dogon Rider
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This rider figure would represent a Dogon warrior with his spear. The stylized horse is pitched up and has stretched legs. The sculpture is provided with many details, executed meticulously, such as engraved decorative motifs. Ex. collection of the painter 'a href'"http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld"- Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a href-U'0022https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth-engstfeld-schremper/"-Ruth Schgst , a gandher artist. The frequent representations of a rider, 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, descended on the earth carried by an arch transformed into a horse. Moreover, the highest ...


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Horseman Dogon in bronze
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The frequent representations of the rider, 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, descended on the earth carried by an arch transformed into a horse. Moreover, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious leader named Hogon, paraded on his mount during his induction because it was customary for him not to set foot on the ground. In the region of the cliffs of Sangha, inaccessible on horseback, the priests wore it, while whining in reference to the mythical ancestor Nommo. The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was tasked with studying in depth the rites of this population established in the Groupiagara Cliffs region, southwest of ...


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IJzeren Dogon zoömorfe figuur
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 statue
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An ogival head with a blind, striated face, a neck imprisoned in angular excrescences, shoulders and hips in the shape of a disc overhanging compacted, rounded legs, these elements combine to compose this Dogon sculpture.
Velvety matt patina, cracks and slight abrasions. Carved for the most part on commission by a family and in this case arranged on the family altar Tiré Kabou, the Dogon tribal statues can also be the object of worship by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding 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. In parallel with Islam, Dogon ...


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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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Statue Dogon Tellem
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The Tribal African statues of the Dogon can also be worshipped by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on the altars of ancestors and participate in various rituals including those of the periods of seeds and harvests. Their functions, however, remain little known. Stylistically influenced by the Tellems they replaced in the Bandiagara region as early as the 15th century, the Dogon adopted the same vertical position in their statuary. Heirs to the works suchm abandoned in the region, they adopted some of them that they resacralized to use in their own rites. The figures with the raised arms would symbolize a prayer to Amma to grant the rain essential to all life. ...


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

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Four angular legs, some of which have a carved face, support the circular seat of this small Dogon seat made of a very dense wood. Fine hatch patterns decorate the seat, forming a slight relief. The seat has a greyish brown patina. Abrasions. 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 a unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different ...


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Dogon N duleri statue
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This African Dogon art sculpture, carved from dense wood, personifies a female ancestor. Witnessing the influence of Islam in the region, her necklace of amulets, or korte Matt crusty patina. Cracks.

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. In 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, ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of spirits and ...


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Dogon Kanaga mask
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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 revenge of the prey he has killed. This example is designed according to a recurring structure: a central vertical board with "double arms" firmly attached by leather straps, and with the ends pointing up and down. Polychrome, faded patterns are still perceptible. The conical mouth evokes a bird's beak. Dry, grainy, matte surface. Erosions and lacks.

As a preliminary to funerals or during the mourning period, numerous examples, almost all identical, appear on the dance floor, after having circulated in the village ...


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

Delicate bonzier work for this ancient figure of a Dogon horseman featuring a character, the hogon, equipped with his stick, and riding bareback. Ritual ochre patina. 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 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. Dogon ...


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

Dogon miniature in bronze, of great finesse, representing mythical characters in a pirogue. The whole evokes the complex beliefs of the Dogon. The animal motif, a saurine in this case, also refers to the animals of creation. Grey-green patina. 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 the trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have uncovered the remains of iron and steel sites dating back ...


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Dogon figure
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Dogon statuette made of bronze, representing a kneeling woman whose arms extend from her shoulders to her breasts. The linear lines of the body are associated with traditional scarification.
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 the trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have uncovered the remains of iron and steel sites dating back to the 15th century, the date of the ...


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Dogon  mask
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Dogon animal mask surmounted by a female figure sculpted in the round. Polychrome patina. Abrasions.
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). More than eighty types of African masks are listed among the Dogon, 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 ...


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Dogon Gate
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The door, consisting of two panels that hold two horizontal planks, is equipped with a lock. Carefully sculpted, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic representations appeal to the rich Cosmogon Dogon. The characters can symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic also appear frequently. Each of the characters at the top of the panel wears a kanaga mask, displayed by the Dogon during mourning ceremonies. Small scenes at the bottom of the panel also illustrate everyday life. According to the dogon cosmogon, The first primordial ancestors of Dogon, called Nommo , were the bisexual gods of water. They were created in heaven by the creator Amma and descended from heaven to earth in an ark. The Nommo ...


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

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

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 the trans-Saharan trade. Excavations ...


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Dogon Satimbe mask
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The African masks satimbe of the Dogon are surmounted by a figure representing Ya Sigine , a woman whose role is to be the counterweight to the all-powerful male in the social and political order within Dogon society.
This figure, Ya Sigine , is said to embody the mythical ancestor who stole 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. In the ladle at her disposal would be contained the powerful nyama . Grainy dry patina, erosions. Native restoration.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated ...


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Dogon Tellem Statue
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African Dogon art.
Feminine figure with straight upright arms, it is embellished with sculpted effigies of the Nommos, mythical ancestors born of the god Amma. Irregular matt surface, eroded wood, gullies, cracks. The African tribal statues of the Dogon can also be the object of worship by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding 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. Influenced stylistically by the Tellem whom they replaced in the Bandiagara region from the 15th century, the Dogon adopted this same vertical position in their statuary. Heirs to the Tellem ...


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