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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.


Statue Tellem
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The figures with the raised arms would symbolize a prayer to Amma to grant the rain essential to all life. According to the sources, it was also an act of contrition following the violation of a law that led to a drought. 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 Kurumba burkina Faso. The statuary dogon is not easily distinguishable from that of Tellem and that of Niongom because reciprocal influences have manifested themselves over the centuries. A recurrence: the characters with arms raised above the head, in the position of summoning.

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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. ...


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Dogon Mask
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This African Dogon mask, with minimalist geometric features, is one of the many stylistic variations of dogon masks, icons of tribal dogon art. A long nose dividing the upper three-quarters of the face, extending to the top in a curved growth, hollowed-out eyes in squares, an absence of mouth, a flat machore. Carved from dense wood, the mask bears the crusty imprint of ritual libations.
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 mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop scree at the hillside, according to a unique architecture. The ...


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Dogon Cup
African art > African Jar > Vase Dogon

Carved out of wood, this spherical container for ritual use has a foot to facilitate the grip. Decorative motifs, hatching, friezes and zigzag lines, are engraved around the edges, while other diamond-shaped elements in relief underline the outline of the vase. Some symbols, in wavelets, are associated with the Dogon myths of creation. Collected in the 1950s by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot, Alain Bilot,
renowned collector of Dogon art during study stays in Mali.


Matt, granular surface.
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Statues of the primordial couple Dogon
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These haughty figures embody the primordial couple Nommos at the origin of creation among the Dogon of Mali. Evoking the sculptures of Giacometti, these bronze statues are frozen in a walking movement. A succession of notches punctuate the graceful bodies. 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 top of scree slopes on the hillsides, with unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different ...

Dogon Caryatids Cup
African art > African Jar > Dogon Altar

Harvested in the 1950s by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot,
renowned collector of Dogon art during study stays in Mali.

Four figures of ancestors or chiefs of lineage, whose feet disappear in a circular tray symbolizing the axis of the world, support a hollowed out cup. The latter is slightly off-center. The hands of the figures rest on their knees, and two of them wear masks. Scabby deposits bear witness to libatory rites. Rough, crusty surface.
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Figure of the primordial couple Dogon in bronze
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Long-shaped silhouettes, standing on a pedestal, 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. Also recalling the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they are represented in a position of invocation, arms raised towards the sky. Their surface is punctuated by a succession of notches. Orange brown patina.

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 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 door
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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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Dogon Ceremonial Cup
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Frequent cavalier representations, in the African art of the Dogon of Mali, refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. This is the case for this ceremonial cut with a lid on which the hermaphrodite rider holds his mount with a bridle veiling the animal's eyes. The object is entirely coated with a crusty sacrificial coating. Slight gaps and desication cracks. 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, was parading on his mount at his induction because, according to custom, he was not to set foot on the ground. In the area of the sangha cliffs, inaccessible ...


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Statue Dogon
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This vertical and parallel character has a facies with characteristic features of dogon statuary. Small close eyes but above all a slightly raised nose ending in arrowhead. The headdress is drawn in the extension of the skull.
The arms and chest are attached to an angular tray serving as a shoulder and bringing an imposing transverse element into the vertical momentum of the room.
The arms and legs are bent
The wood appears to have been covered with a thin, smooth patina leaving visible the numerous irregularities of the wood.

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), ...


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Dogon ointment pot
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Dogon pots are used to store ointments, tobacco, but also serve marabouts as oracle pots.

The this is beautifully decorated with Cariatidic Nommos, central characters in history and dogon rituals. Two equestrian figures support the container while a figure sitting in a suit overcomes the lid.
Or the pot itself are carved stylized reptiles.

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 Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop scree at the hillside, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and ...


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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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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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Pirogue Dogon
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Embarcation of mythical beings, Nommos linked to the complex legends and beliefs of the Dogon. Animal motifs also refer to the animals of creation. Rusty brown patina. Nommo, a protective ancestor evoked in various forms in Dogon iconography, is said to be an ancestor endowed with the ability to manifest itself in a human or animal form.
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 lost wax technique, were widespread in the Interior Delta region of Niger, with copper making it through trans-Saharan trade. ...


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Figures de couple Dogon
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Tribal-inspired, elongated silhouettes on a pedestal, depicting statues of ancestors. These African Dogon statues, in bronze, evoke the Nommos, at the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. Also recalling the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they are represented in a 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 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 top of scree slopes on the ...


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Dogon polychrome monkey mask
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Variant of a lively polychromy for this African mask of the Dogons. The zoomorphic figure rising to the top is a monkey. Square cavities have been made in the face framed with raised borders. The polychrome motifs symbolize the stages of creation among the Bamana of Mali. Cracks and abrasions.
More than eighty types of Dogon masks are listed, of which the best known are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Awa society during funeral ceremonies. The Awa B designates the masks, their costumes, and the Dogon as a whole in the service of the masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of Dogon African art. The "nyama", vital force of the mask, is activated by different rituals in order to ...

Altar figure Dogon Tellem
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This female effigy with an altier face adopts a ceremonial attitude that contrasts with the presence on its knees of Nommo couple figures, mythical ancestors born of the god Amma, in the form of children. The latter support the sagging chest in a similar attitude, arms raised. Irregular matte surface, eroded, gully wood, cracks and native restorations. 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. Stylistically influenced by the Tellem ...


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Dogon Kanaga Mask
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African Kanaga mask of the Dogon, coated with natural pigments. Abraded matte patina.

This copy is designed according to a recurring structure: a central board whose base presents a face with rectilinear features is equipped with perpendicular elements tied with leather ties. Their ends are alternately directed upwards and downwards. In preparation for the funeral or during the mourning rites, numerous, almost identical copies appear on the dance floor, after having walked through the village's alleys. Depending ...


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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 completed by a number of eminent researchers ...


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