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Altar figure Bombou-toro Dogon (N° 18020)

The sculpted figure depicted sitting on a stool comes from the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, Bombou-toro, in the Sangha region. This angular statue is distinguished by a linear body with graceful limbs. Bracelets are engraved on the arms and scarfed patterns are inscribed on the face and body. A bent tubular element develops from its lower abdomen, rises vertically, and ends in a cup under the breasts. On his back also appears a circular growth. The symbolic presence of these elements is probably related to the complex mythology of the dogon creation, the character depicting in this case a Nommo, being original supernatural. Dry clear matte patina, localized residual deposits of kaolin mixed with pink ochre, resulting from libatory practices.
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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Originex-collection Mercier
Height cm171
Depth33 cm
Width24 cm
Weight25.35 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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