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Altar Figure Dogon Karambiri (N° 18123)
Great sculptural quality for this rare work of Kambari style (south of the Bandiagara cliff) where empty and full symmetry mingle with empty symmetry, sharp angles and spherical volumes. This intriguing assemblage of a human figure sitting on a sphere, associated with the complex cosmogony of the ethnic group, presents a relatively uns hatched crusty patina. The original fault or inauguration of a priest of Binu, the meaning of the gesture of the hands on the face is not established. Desication cracks.
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Sculpted mostly by a family, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. 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 authority of the patriarch, binou invoking the spirit world and led by the priest of Binou, and the society of masks concerning funerals.
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