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Dogon rider-patterned comb (N° 18289)

Delicately made of bronze, a rider figure forms the handle of this wooden comb. Decorated with triangular-patterned friezes, it has six tips.
High on a base: 29 cm.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop scree at the hillside, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the dogon facilities (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages) relates to several hypotheses. Some historians believe that the Dogons fled an area west of their present location as a result of an assault. Dogon blacksmiths, forming an endogamous caste called irim , now produce weapons, tools, and also work wood. " They are also supposed to treat burns (Huib Blom).  

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OriginEx-collection Caldwell - USA
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood et bronze
Height24
Width9
Weight0.14 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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