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Dogon Toro Altar (N° 18182)

From the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, bombou-toro, this dogon sculpture was acquired in a gallery by the owner of a large collection of dogon objects. Six hermaphrodite figures are depicted leaning against a central trunk. Their feet disappear into a circular base. The stretched arms, attached to the bust with a tubular abdominal protrusion, join their folded hands at sex level. Dry, grainy, pink ochre patina.
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. The role of sculpted figures was generally to protect or heal the sick. Libations and sacrifices were therefore doomed to them. 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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OriginCollection Dolisi
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height41
Width20
Weight4.75 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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