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The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300 000 souls living south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina Faso (northwest of Ouahigouya). ). Villages are often perched on top of the hillside scree, in a unique architecture. The history of migrations and installations of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages), relates to several hypotheses. For some historians, the Dogon fled from an area west of their current location following an assault.


Dogon figure
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Statuette representing a kneeling hermaphrodite figure, hands resting on his thighs. This type of sculpture associated with an individual cult adorned the Dogon family altar. Thick and dense grainy patina in greyish browns.
Carved for the most part on commission by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship by the entire community. Their functions remain little known, however. 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, the cult of the ancestors under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of the spirits and directed by the priest of the Binou, and the society of the masks concerning funerals.


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Dogon monkey mask
Tribal art > African mask > Dogon mask

Rare example of an African mask of the Dogons featuring a monkey. On a rectangular structure, the features form a low relief, emphasizing by contrast the forehead and the ears. The beautiful old patina reveals the veining of a light wood, enhanced by the pinkish ochre pigments of certain organs. Cracks and abrasions of use. More than eighty types of Dogon masks are listed, of which the best known are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé and Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Awa society, during funeral ceremonies. The Awa refers to the masks, their costumes, and the set of Dogons serving the masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of African Dogon art. The "nyama", the life force of the mask, is activated by various rituals ...


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780.00

Dogon Tellem statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

This traditional African art sculpture, a wooden form from which elements of a couple emerge, was placed on the family altar Tiré Kabou. African tribal statues of the Dogon 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. Influenced stylistically by the Tellem (or "those who were before" in the Dogon language) whom they replaced in the Bandiagara region from the 15th century, the Dogon adopted a similar vertical position in their statuary. Inheritors of the works such asm abandoned in the ...


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Dogon Gomintogo mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Dogon mask

The Domintogo masks, with their high ears, were carved in reference to a deer that a farmer had killed. To protect himself from the vengeance of his nyama , or spirit, a wooden mask was made on the advice of the diviner. The masks were regularly repainted on the occasion of new celebrations, in this case using natural ochre pigments and a black pastillage on a cream background. Abrasions.
The Dogon people are renowned in African art for the myths and beliefs relating to their cosmogony.
Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). They produce more than 80 types of masks, of which the best known are the ...


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Dogon couple of ancestors
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Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

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 ...

Dogon Scale
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Tribal art > Ladder > Dogon Scale

This ladder allowed access to the Dogon millet granaries, earthen architecture distinguished by a conical straw roof. These granaries are equipped with a high opening closed by a shutter and allow the storage of seeds protected from rodents and insects. Very nice patina, surface abraded and polished by use. Cracks of desiccation and erosions.
M. Brunel, a chemist by training, travelled the world before becoming fascinated by Africa, which he discovered thanks to his eldest daughter. Zaire, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Guinea,... Until his death, he will have accumulated nearly 600 pieces. His legatees have decided to put this collection on sale through our gallery.
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Dogon Satimbe Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Dogon Mask

The masks satimbe have the particularity of being surmounted by a character representing Ya Sigine , a woman whose role is to be the counterweight of the male omnipotence in the social and political order within Dogon society.
The mask itself is pure, abstract, its features are geometric. Abraded matt patina.

The Dogon 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 the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, ...


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Dogon Ritual Sculpture
Tribal art > African fetish > Dogon Altar

Created with great sensitivity, this sculpture, which belonged to a lineage, reflects one of the many facets of the Dogon worldview. The statuette at the top represents the incarnation of an ancestor, the ladder allowing the ascent of spirits to the afterlife. The gradations also form an image of the different stages of an individual's life toward the ultimate goal. The gobo , iron hook, is stuck into the wood, recalling the sacred role of the blacksmith. Grainy sacrificial patina, light chips.
The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was charged with studying in depth the rites of this population established in the region of the Bandiagara cliffs. The Dogon are thought to be composed of several peoples who found refuge there following repeated droughts or ...


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Dogon Mil Attic ladder
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Tribal art > Door shutter > Dogon Ladder

This ladder allowed access to the mil dogon attics, earth architectures distinguished by a conical straw roof. These attics are fitted at a height of an opening blocked by a shutter and allow the seeds to be stored away from rodents and insects.
Tly beautiful heterogeneous patina mate, abrased by use. Desication cracks.
The Dogon people is renowned in African art for myths and beliefs relating to its cosmogony. Its 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). They produce more than 80 types of masks, the best known of which are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Awa ...


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Dogon Dyodyonune Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Dogon Mask

This Dogon "healing" mask was collected in the 1960s by a collector, Mr. Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot during study stays in Mali. Topped with figurines associated with Dogon mythology, the head is also fitted out with a small "altar" cavity in which libatory residues remain. The healer mask evolves in a satirical pantomime, as does the hunter mask, evoking the legend that the first ancestor tried to cure the walu antelope before it died. Beautiful matte polychromy, crusty residue clumped at the top.
Marcel Griaule counted no less than 78 types of Dogon masks during his field investigations. This piece, with its stylized features, is characteristic of Dogon creations. The latter, ...


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Dogon Statuette
Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

French African tribal art collection.
Small Dogon altar figure, with a flat face extending to the center of the bust. A posture of devotion for this figure of ancestor coated with a black crusty patina resulting from periodic ritual unctions.
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. Alongside 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 spirit world and led by the Binou priest; and the mask society ...


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480.00

Dignitary Throne Dogon
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Tribal art > African Chair > Dogon Seat

Extensively decorated, this prestigious, monoxyle seat belonged to a Dogon chief. A feline sculpture supports the seat, while lion figures form its arms. The decoration of the back evokes the moucharabiehs, entirely sculpted with round-bump patterns describing different scenes: millet pounding, musicians, entwined couples, ploughing. On the other side of the file is a hermaphrodite character, standing on the caryatide animal whose tail he keeps vertically in front of him. This deep seat, with a sloping back, has a comfortable seat.
The characters could also symbolize the Nommos, mythical ancestors linked to the complex legends and beliefs of the Dogon. The Namo founded the eight dogon lineages and instilled weaving, the art of forging, and agriculture in his human descendants. This ...


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Altar figure Bombou-toro Dogon
Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

The sculpted figure depicted sitting on a stool comes from the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, Bombou-toro, in the Sangha region. This angular statue is distinguished by a linear body with graceful limbs. Bracelets are engraved on the arms and scarfed patterns are inscribed on the face and body. A bent tubular element develops from its lower abdomen, rises vertically, and ends in a cup under the breasts. On his back also appears a circular growth. The symbolic presence of these elements is probably related to the complex mythology of the dogon creation, the character depicting in this case a Nommo, being original supernatural. Dry clear matte patina, localized residual deposits of kaolin mixed with pink ochre, resulting from libatory practices.
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Maternity BombouToro Dogon
Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

Hermaphrodite figure depicted kneeling, holding a cut on the head. There is a child motif sculpted in relief on the upside. The wood is reneitled, criss-crossed, with a velvety dry patina. Sculpted mostly to a family's custom, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community. Their functions, however, remain little known. 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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Dogon rider-patterned comb
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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 ...


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Altar Figure Dogon Karambiri
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Dogon

Great sculptural quality for this rare work of Kambari style (south of the Bandiagara cliff) where empty and full symmetry mingle with empty symmetry, sharp angles and spherical volumes. This intriguing assemblage of a human figure sitting on a sphere, associated with the complex cosmogony of the ethnic group, presents a relatively uns hatched crusty patina. The original fault or inauguration of a priest of Binu, the meaning of the gesture of the hands on the face is not established. Desication cracks.
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. Parallel to Islam, the Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: ...

Dogon Toro Altar
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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 ...


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Dogon attic section
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Tribal art > Door shutter > Dogon Stream

The systems of closure of Sudanese regions in African art
This Dogon gate with a thick crusty patina due to ritual libations evokes by its representations the rich cosmogony Dogon. According to Dogon mythology, breasts evoking the bisexual ancestor Nommo are an allegory of fertility. The series of sculpted kambari-style figures from the south of the Bandiagara cliff hide their faces, alluding to the ceremonies of the binu priests. They often symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic are also frequently featured. The door consists of two panels that connect metal staples. Desication cracks.
The patterns on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering. Locks, ...


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Dogon African Gate
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Tribal art > Door shutter > Dogon Gate

The closure systems of the Sudanese regions in African art
This ancient dogon door with its lock evokes by its zoomorphic iconography the rich Cosmogon Dogon. According to Dogon mythology, the first inhabitants of the Bandiagara area crossed the river on the back of a crocodile. These are in fact shown vertically on the door. When characters are present, they symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic also appear frequently. The door is made up of two vertical panels around a central slat. The whole thing is maintained by horinzontal elements fixed by rafters. A frog motif, another mythical animal, adorns the lock.

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