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Pillar of Toguna Dogon (N° 21437)

Post for supporting a toguna hut, a Dogon architectural element made of hard, dense and heavy wood, with a patina of use.
The fork is wide open, a female figure and a lizard are carved in high relief.
The base is badly eroded where it was deeply embedded in the ground.
The toguna ("men's shelter") is the place where the men meet to discuss village affairs; it is also a community place where the word of the elders is the law. There may be a central toguna in the village, but also other small secondary toguna in the neighborhood. This open shelter is generally made up of eight pillars that support beams, themselves covered with eight layers of straw tied into bundles. These eight levels, as well as the eight pillars, refer to the eight ancestral nommo at the origin of humanity (Dogon cosmogony). The roof is low, forcing the men to remain seated during discussions. These pillars are usually decorated with a dege (protective genie with multiple meanings). Although the Toguna is for men only, the posts are often carved with female representations or symbols related to fertility.
 

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OriginEx. coll. belge M.
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height160
Width60
Weight16.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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