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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.


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Kanaga African mask from the Dogon, locally enhanced with pink ocher pigments. Abraded matte patina. Erosions.

Used on the roof of the house of the dead during funeral rites by members of the Awa society, the Kanaga mask is also used to protect hunters from the vengeance of the prey that they killed.

The structure is made up of perpendicular elements tied with leather ties, the ends of which are directed alternately upwards and downwards. At the top, effigies symbolize the Dogon ancestors. As a preliminary to the funeral or during the end of mourning, many copies, almost all identical, appear on the dance floor, after circulating in the alleys of the village. Depending on the degree of initiation, this mask will not have the same meaning when it comes out during the ...


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

This small cupboard with two movable shutters, set on three legs, was probably designed to store active medicinal preparations prepared according to the advice of the elders who had been initiated into the science of trees or " jiridon ". The walls are carved with figures of mythical ancestors Nommos, geniuses associated with the creation of the world and guarantors of health and fertility. These are believed to activate the healing power of the actives. Brown satin patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (north-west of ...


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

Everyday objects of African art.
Four arched legs form the center of this small Dogon seat made of very dense wood. The symbolic decorative motifs and sculpted figures refer to Dogon myths. The top is also carefully engraved with a star shape.
Smooth black patina, slight cracks.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of the Niger loop 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 top of the scree on the side of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of Dogon migrations and settlements (about ten main groups, ...


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Dogon figure
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Statuette of African art, from the north center of the Bandiagara plateau region, N'duleri, personifying an ancestor. Established in a posture of contemplation, the hands extending from long slender arms resting on the thighs, the thin and angular figure would seem almost immaterial.
Irregular matte patina, cracks and erosions.

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. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lébé, 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 ...


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

Figurine of a woman seated on heels. This statuette is made of gilded metal, the surface coated with dark oily deposits, probably for ritual purposes, has rough edges.
Dogon 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 the Dogon cosmogony with the primordial beings "Nommo" created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to heal burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost-wax technique, were widespread in the Inner Niger Delta region, with copper reaching it through trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have in fact brought to light vestiges of iron and steel sites prior to the 15th century, the date of the arrival of the Dogon. The Nommo, ...


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Dogon bronze
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Dogon bronze depicting a seated woman, leaning on one arm. Verdigris patina.
Height on base: 10 cm.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of the Niger loop 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 top of the scree on the side of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of Dogon migrations and settlements (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages) involves several hypotheses. For some historians, the Dogon would have fled from an area west of their current location, following an attack. ...


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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 statue
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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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Dogon bronze
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Bronze representing mythical characters in a canoe. The whole evokes the complex beliefs of the Dogon. The animal motif is also associated with the animals of creation. Verdigris patina.
Dogon 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 the Dogon cosmogony with the primordial beings "Nommo" created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to heal burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost-wax technique, were widespread in the Inner Niger Delta region, with copper reaching it through trans-Saharan trade. The Nommo, protective ancestor evoked in different forms in Dogon iconography, would be an ancestor endowed with the ability to manifest himself in human or animal ...


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

These haughty African sculptures embody the primordial couple Nommos at the origin of creation among the Dogon of Mali. Evoking the sculptures of Giacometti, these bronze statues with slender bodies are punctuated by a succession of notches.
Light brown patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of the Niger loop 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 top of the scree on the side of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of Dogon migrations and settlements (about ten main groups, about fifteen ...


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Dogon statue
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Carried on the head during the funeral of women, this type of statues could be seen by the public. Apart from the ceremonies, they remained under the care of the dean of women. Characterized by its slender forms, breastfeeding her child in a seated position, this figure evokes the female ancestor and is invoked for the purpose of fertility. Libations have left this piece with a dull dark patina, abraded in places. Desication cracks.
Carved for the most part on order placed by a family, Dogon 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. However, their functions remain little known. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults. According to Dogon ...


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Dogon mask
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Marcel Griaule has listed many types of masks in use among the Dogon, such as the African mask animal of the Dogon associated with the antelope, the walu, animal of the African cosmogony dogon. The presence of horns accentuates the narrow volume of this stylized example. Vestiges of polychromy adorn the matte, grainy surface.
Parallel to Islam, the Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lébé, relating to fertility, the Wagem, ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of spirits, and the Awa mask society regarding funerals. The "dama" is a ceremony dedicated to restoring the order of things following bereavement. It was originally to protect themselves from the "nyama" (soul) of the victim that the Dogon carved ...


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Niongom statue
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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 ...


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Dogon Mask
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African art among the Dogon
In funeral rites, members of the society Awa , dance with masks on the roof of the house of the dead, to lead his soul (nyama) to his eternal rest and to defend the living. The Kanaga mask is also used to protect hunters from revenge from the prey he has killed. This copy is designed after a recurring structure: a vertical central plank with "double arms" securely secured by leather straps, and whose ends are directed upwards and downwards. Geometric patterns with dark pigments are painted on its surface, sharpened with the underlying whitish coat. The conical mouth is reminiscent of a bird's beak. Dry, grainy and matte surface. In the pre-opening to the funeral or during the bereavement, many almost identical copies appear on the dance area, after ...


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

Small anecdotal statuette describing a character carrying an ax and a bundle of wood. This statuette with many details is coated with a black patina encrusted with clear deposits.
Dogon 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 the Dogon cosmogony with the primordial beings "Nommo" created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to heal burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost-wax technique, were widespread in the Inner Niger Delta region, with copper reaching it through trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have in fact brought to light vestiges of iron and steel sites prior to the 15th century, the date of the arrival of the Dogon. The ...


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

Longiform silhouettes, erected on a base, depicting the primordial ancestors of the Dogon. These African Dogon statues, in bronze, indeed 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 the position of invocation, arms raised towards the sky. Their surface is punctuated by a succession of notches. Orange-brown patina.

The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (north-west of Ouahigouya ). The villages are ...


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Statuette Dogon
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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 ...


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Dogon Maternity
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Dogon Maternity

Figure of ancestor hermaphrodite , depicted naked, illustrating one of the daily tasks of this people of the cliffs. At the neck, a necklace korte composed of amulets incorporating verses from the Koran testifies to the Muslim influence in the region.
This piece features matte, splendored and furrowed wood. Lack under the cup.
The Dogons 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). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the facilities of the ...


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Dogon pharmacopoeia box
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Dogon Box

This African art object, a box with two moving shutters, set on three feet, was probably designed to preserve active medicinal preparations prepared according to the advice of elders who had been introduced to the science of trees or . jiridon. The walls are carved with figures of mythical ancestors Nammos , geniuses associated with the creation of the world and guarantors of health and fertility. These are supposed to activate the healing power of the active ingredients. Brown patina.
The Dogons 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 mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of ...


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Dogon Staff
African art > Stick of command, chieftaincy > Dogon Staff

The prestigious domolo crosier worn by Dogon men on their shoulders and sometimes found on altars and in binu sanctuaries recalls the insignia of the yona association. , the Yo domolo , or even Yo dyommodo , which forms the emblem of the "ritual thieves". These hoe-shaped emblems evoke a horse's head, the primordial animal of creation. Ritual patina, residual encrustations. Desication cracks.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the southwest of the Niger bend in the Mopti region of Mali. The Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste called irim They now produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood.
"Masters of fire", they are also supposed to ...


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