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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 south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina Faso (northwest of Ouahigouya). ). Villages are often perched on top of the hillside scree, in a unique architecture. The history of migrations and installations of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages), relates to several hypotheses. For some historians, the Dogon fled from an area west of their current location following an assault.


Dogon Mask
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This African Dogon mask is one of the many stylistic variations of dogon masks, icons of dogon tribal art. Angular features, a soaring nose, hollowed-out triangle eyes, protruding lips, and a cephalomorphic crest, cut from dense, grainy wood that bears the imprint of time and the various libations administered to it.
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 Dogon (about ten ...


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Dogon Kanaga 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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Couple of bronze Dogon statues
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Silhouettes of longiform African art, tribal-inspired, standing on a pedestal. These African statues Dogon, in bronze, evoke the Nommos, the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. Recalling also the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they are represented in the position of invocation, arms raised to the sky. Their surface is punctuated by a succession of notches. Skate with grey-green reflections for one, warmer reflections for the second.
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 ...

Telm / Dogon Altar Figure
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An ancestor's effigy perched on a mythical animal, this traditional African art object had to be made to order by a family and was in this case intended to be arranged on the family altar Fired Kabou. The African tribal 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 altars of ancestors and participate in various rituals including those of periods of seeds and harvests. However, their functions remain little known. The animal's neck is surrounded by metal. Dark, matte skate that reveals rare, eroded light areas. Stylistically influenced by the Tellem they replaced in the Bandiagara region as early as the 15th century, the Dogons ...


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Couple primordial Dogon
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These figures represented in an attitude of contrition embody the primordial couple Nommos at the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. The graceful bodies are frozen with arms outstretched along the bust and legs at the knees, parallel.
Grey green patina, rust inlays. The leg of a statue is embossed at the knee.
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 Dogon ...


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Bronze Dogon Couple
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Invocation attitude for these bronze figures Dogon, hammered with notches, frozen arms raised to the sky. Green skate, rust inlays. 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 Dogon (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages), relates to several hypotheses. According to some historians, the Dogons fled from an area west of their present location as a result of an assault. ...


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Ancestor figure Dogon Bombou-toro
African art > African Statues > Statue Dogon

The sculpted figure depicted kneeling, çi-contre, evokes the hermaphrodite statuary from the central part of the bandiagara cliff, bombou-toro. Acquired by the owner in an American gallery, it is part of an important collection of Dogon objects. The stretched arms, attached to the bust with a tubular abdominal protrude, rest on the thighs. Bracelets are engraved on the arms, and serrated patterns are chiseled on the dry surface with grey patina. Cracks, granular inlaid deposits, erosions.
Designed mostly to order 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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Primary couple Dogon in bronze
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African art > African bronze > Couple Dogon

These alt-like figures embody the primordial couple Nommos behind the creation of the Dogon of Mali. Evoking Giacometti's sculptures, these bronze statues are frozen in a marching motion. A succession of notches punctuate the graceful bodies. Skate with green reflections of grey. 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 Dogon (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages), ...

Volet Dogon
African art > Door shutter > Volet Dogon

The systems of closure of Sudanese regions in African art.
This flap is made up of a carved panel. The motifs are associated with the rich Cosmogon Dogon. The characters can symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic also appear frequently. The conical elements evoke human and agrarian fertility. Skate mate. Abrasions and cracks.
The motifs on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering. The locks and doors are cut from woods chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used, because each plant is attributed to particular virtues.


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Dogon couple figures in bronze
African art > African bronze > Bronze Dogon

Silhouettes of longiform African art, tribal-inspired, standing on a pedestal. These African statues Dogon, in bronze, evoke the Nommos, the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. Recalling also the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they are represented in the position of invocation, arms raised to the sky. Their surface is punctuated by a succession of notches. Warm orange skate. 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. ...


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Wakara-style hare mask
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Marcel Griaule counted no less than 78 types of dogon masks during his field investigations. This piece, with stylized features, is characteristic of dogon creations. The latter, influenced by their predecessors in the Bandiagara region, the Tellem, have retained this verticality in their rooms. Parallel to Islam, dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, wagem, cult of ancestors under the authority of the patriarch, binou invoking the spirit world, and the Awa mask society concerning funerals. The " dama " is a ceremony dedicated to restoring the order of things following mourning. It was originally to protect themselves from the " nyama " (soul) of the victim that the Dogons carved a mask in the image of an animal. The angular volumes ...


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Dogon Mask
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More than eighty types of African masks are listed among the Dogon, the best known of which are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by circumcised society insiders Awa , during funeral ceremonies. The Awa refers to the masks, their costumes, and all the Dogons in the service of the masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of African dogon art. The mask's life force, the U-002nyamaU,0022, is activated by various rituals to develop the object's full magical potential. This African Dogon mask with a flat crest and a frontal element evoking a horn, constitutes one of the many stylistic variations of dogon masks, icons of dogon tribal art. In heavy wood with crusty plant residues on the surface, raw lines consist of a nose that is ...


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Bronze Dogon Couple
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Ex-collection French African art.
These figures evoking a certain contrition embody the primordial couple Nommos at the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. The graceful bodies, with a smooth surface, are frozen with arms outstretched along the bust and parallel legs. Green grey skate, rust inlays. 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 Dogon (about ten main ...


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Dogon couple figures in bronze
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African art > African bronze > Statues Dogon

Silhouettes of longiform African art, tribal-inspired, standing on a pedestal. These African statues Dogon, in bronze, evoke the Nommos, the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. Recalling also the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they are represented in the position of invocation, arms raised to the sky. Their surface is punctuated by a succession of notches.
Patine with grey-green reflections. 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 ...

 Dogon door
African art > Door shutter > Dogon Gate

The systems of closure of the Sahelian regions in African art

This door Dogon equipped with its lock, carefully carved and rich in details, evokes by its anthropomorphic and zoomorphic representations the 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, worn by the Dogon at the mourning ceremonies. Different scenes, in connection with daily life, also adorn this door. On the lock is symbolized the house of the owner. It is not a decorative element that does not carry any particular meaning, while allegorical in African culture. The set consists of two vertical panels fixed horizontally by planks at its upper and lower end. ...


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Female figure Dogon
African art > African Statues > Statue Dogon

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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Statue Dogon Tintam
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African art > African Statues > 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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Primary couple Dogon in bronze
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African art > African bronze > Statues Dogon

These graceful filiform silhouettes evoke the primordial Nommos couple behind the creation of the Dogon of Mali. Recalling also the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they sport a tense neck, supporting a chin raised horizontally, looking towards the horizon. These bronze statues are hammered with a succession of notches.
Copper brown patina. 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 ...

Dogon Walu Mask
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African art > African mask > Dogon Mask

This first mask of the Dogon celebrates the antelope hippotrague. Indeed, the presence of horns curved backwards recalls the walu, an animal linked to the dogon cosmogon. High rectangular depressions, pierced with triangular cavities for vision, have been built. Raw wood is coloured with natural pigments. Surface matte, chipped and rough. Marcel Griaule counted no less than 78 types of dogon masks during his field investigations. This piece, with stylized features, is characteristic of dogon creations. The latter, influenced by their predecessors in the Bandiagara region, the Tellem, have retained this verticality in their rooms. Parallel to Islam, dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, wagem, cult of ancestors under the authority of ...


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Dogon statues of the primordial couple
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Figures such as those below, personifying ancestors or nommo the origin of creation in the Dogon, were intended to appear on family altars. They received libations that were supposed to divert wounds and plagues, increase harvests and increase fertility. Represented sitting on a stool in the front position, their slender arms bent like legs, the characters have a similar head, with a flared beard and a thin crenellated crest. The busts and shoulders are engraved with meticulous geometric patterns associated with traditional scarifications, and the streaked arms indicate the wearing of bracelets. Altered wood, ravine. Dry, grainy surface, libation-encrusted residues.
Sculpted mostly to order by a family and in this case arranged on the family altar Pull Kabou , the Dogon tribal ...

Bronze Dogon Couple
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African art > African bronze > Couple Dogon

These figures evoking a certain contrition embody the primordial couple Nommos at the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. The graceful bodies, with a smooth surface, are frozen with arms outstretched along the bust and parallel legs. Green grey skate, rust inlays.
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 Dogon (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages), ...


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