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Dignitary Throne Dogon (N° 18683)

Extensively decorated, this prestigious, monoxyle seat belonged to a Dogon chief. A feline sculpture supports the seat, while lion figures form its arms. The decoration of the back evokes the moucharabiehs, entirely sculpted with round-bump patterns describing different scenes: millet pounding, musicians, entwined couples, ploughing. On the other side of the file is a hermaphrodite character, standing on the caryatide animal whose tail he keeps vertically in front of him. This deep seat, with a sloping back, has a comfortable seat.
The characters could also symbolize the Nommos, mythical ancestors 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 his 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. Light brown patina, seated and armrests lustrous and darkened by the touch. Desication cracks, erosions.
The Dogon 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 scree at the hillside, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the dogon facilities (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages) relates to several hypotheses.  

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Originex-collection Italienne
Weight42.00 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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