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Dogon couple of ancestors (N° 20087)

These protective mythical figures probably evoke the primordial couple or mythical twins, associated with the Nommos, at the origin of Dogon creation. Sitting on a semicircular base, they present a narrow morphology contrasting with a shell-like chest. The heads show a Bambara influence. Thick granular patina, satin surface. Ochre residue, powdery, on the base. Carved for the most part on commission by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. However, little is known about their functions. 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 Binou priest, and the society of masks concerning funerals.  

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OriginCollection P. Malisse
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height43
Width20
Weight4.45 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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