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Dogon altar statue (N° 21140)
A strong presence emanates from this Dogon sculpture. Represented seated, the female figure has her hands placed on a vertical protrusion of the seat. The semi-shaven head has a sagittal crest running to the nape of the neck and lateral braids.
Irregular grainy patina, with pink ochre residue of laterite.
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Sculpted mostly on commission by a family and in this case placed on the family altar Tire Kabou, the Dogon tribal statues can also be the object of worship by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on ancestor altars and participate in various rituals including those of the seed and harvest periods. Their functions, however, remain little known. In parallel with Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe , relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon ,the Wagem , ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of spirits and led by the priest of the Binou, and the society of the masks regarding funerals.
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