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Dogon horseman (N° 21318)

Prestigious sculptures in African art from Mali This wooden sculpture features a Dogon chief with a scarred face, riding his mount. According to Gabriel Massa, only the wealthy could commission the blacksmith to make this type of rare, prestige sculpture for individual worship.
Old matt patina, erosion and desiccation cracks. 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 the men, resuscitated by the creator god Amma, came down on the 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. The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was charged with studying in depth the rites of this population established in the region of the cliffs of Bandiagara, southwest of the Niger loop. The Dogon, a people of cultivators, would be composed of several peoples having found refuge there following droughts or repeated invasions. This work was then completed by many eminent researchers and anthropologists.  

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OriginColl. belge Pr Jan Putteneers
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height71
Depth31
Width13
Weight6.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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