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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 table
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Traditional African furniture.
A figure of a ram supports the top of this sculpted monoxyl table, polished with use, offering a light brown golden patina.
Exceptional piece, acquired in situ.
Desiccation cracks.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya ). The villages are often perched at the top of the scree on the side of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (ten main groups, fifteen different languages), bears on ...


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Dogon statue
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Figure of an ancestor represented naked, kneeling on a circular flat surface. The head offers a chiseled crest, the face has slanted eyes accentuating the arrow shape of the nose. Pursed lips give a determined and concentrated physiognomy. Long, slender limbs are adorned with bracelets, the body marked with fine scarified motifs, the buttocks rest on very long feet.
Interesting speckled red ochre, blackish patina and light pigments.
Desication cracks.
Carved for the most part on order placed by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village. However, their functions remain little known. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: ...


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Dogon mask
Tribal art > African mask > Dogon mask

Unusual variant of the mask associated among the Dogon with the antelope. The horns folded back recall the walu, an animal linked to the Dogon cosmogony. The face surrounded by a beard offers powerful features. Abraded greasy patina.
Parallel to Islam, the Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lébé, relating to fertility, the Wagem, ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of spirits, and the Awa mask society regarding funerals. The "dama" is a ceremony dedicated to restoring the order of things following bereavement. It was originally to protect themselves from the "nyama" (soul) of the victim that the Dogon carved a mask in the image of an animal. Guarantor of order, the mask of the Walu charges the spectators ...


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Dogon mask
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Among the more than eighty types of masks that have been recorded among the Dogon, this example is unusual: the angular and rectilinear forms of the facial mask are contrasted with a ringed column topped by a head. Very beautiful sacrificial patina locally flaked, velvety.
The Dogon people are renowned in African art for the myths and beliefs relating to their cosmogony.
The 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 Kanaga , Sirigé , Satimbé , Walu . Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Awa society, during funeral ...


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Dogon Stool
Tribal art > African Chair > Dogon Stool

Reduced version for this old Dogon stool supported by four geometric figures embodying the mythical ancestor Nommo. The contours of the flat, oval seat are engraved with symbolic linear motifs. Large metal staples were used to consolidate the structure. Velvety matte patina, abrasions. Cracks.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (north-west of Ouahigouya ). The villages are often perched on top of the scree on the side of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of Dogon migrations and settlements (about ten ...


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Dogon statue
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br>This sculpture depicting mythical protective beings would form the primordial couple, associated with the Nommos, at the origin of Dogon creation.
Their morphology is characteristic of the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, bombou-toro. The narrow faces topped with crests surmount the rectangular block of the shoulders.
The slender arms frame a long bust, while slender legs extend from slender feet resting on the discoid base.

Dark matte patina, eroded surface and desication cracks.


Sculpted for the most part on order placed by a family, the Dogon statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village. However, their functions remain little ...


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Dogon figure
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Sculpture illustrating the statuary from the central part of the Bandiagara cliff in Mali, Bombou-toro, and whose morphology presents common details with the so-called "Master of Ogol" works. Bracelets are engraved on the slender arms, patterns associated with body scarifications remain visible. Beautiful satin patina, eroded wood and cracks.
Carved for the most part on order placed by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village. However, their functions remain little known. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lébé, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon, the Wagem, cult of the ancestors under the ...


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Tellem statue
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This traditional African art object was made to order by a family and was in this case 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 whom they replaced in the Bandiagara region from the 15th century, the Dogon adopted this same vertical position in their statuary. Inheritors of the Tellem works abandoned in the region, they adopted some of them that they resacralized to use in ...


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Dogon Statuette
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African Statuette Dogon collected in the mid-20th century by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot, renowned collector of Dogon art during study trips to Mali.

This sculpture depicts a woman in a raised arms posture. A grainy patina is evidence of the libations administered. One hand is missing. Desiccation cracks.
Carved for the most part 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 ...


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Dogon altar
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Dogon altar, made of a mass of clay in which miniature irons and ladders are stuck. Piece collected in the mid-20th century by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot, renowned collector of Dogon art during study trips to Mali. These objects decorated the niches of the Ginnas. ("Dogon" H.Blom , p.234) The Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. Today they produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire" associated in Dogon cosmogony with the primordial beings "Nommo" created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost ...


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Dogon figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon figure

Figure remarkable for its stretched forms along which run long slender arms. The neck offers a twist, taking the gaze past the shoulder. A few anatomical details enliven the tubular bust. The sculpture could form the top of a stick.
Dry dark patina, imprint of locally agglomerated blackish residues.
Desication cracks. Gaps and erosions.
Carved for the most part on order placed by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village. However, their functions remain little known. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lébé, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon, the Wagem, cult of the ancestors ...


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Dogon door
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Closing systems of the Sudanese regions in African art This old Dogon door evokes the rich Dogon cosmogony. According to Dogon mythology, the first inhabitants of the Bandiagara area crossed the river on the back of a crocodile. The door consists of three vertical planks held by a lintel decorated with diamond patterns. The motifs present on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering. The locks, like the doors, are cut in wood chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used. Because each plant is attributed specific virtues. Beautiful patina of dark use, locally abraded.


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Dogon mask
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Among the many Dogon masks listed by Marcel Griaule, this type of African Dogon animal mask is associated with the antelope, the walu, an animal linked to the Dogon cosmogony. Rectangular depressions fitted with cavities occupy the entire face, which is also framed by pointed ears. Remains of polychromy adorn the eroded surface.
Parallel to Islam, the Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lébé, relating to fertility, the Wagem, ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of spirits, and the Awa mask society regarding funerals. The "dama" is a ceremony dedicated to restoring the order of things following bereavement. It was originally to protect themselves from the "nyama" (soul) of the victim that the Dogon carved ...


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Dogon horseman
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Tribal art > African Rider > Dogon horseman

Prestigious sculptures in African art from Mali This wooden sculpture features a Dogon chief with a scarred face, riding his mount. According to Gabriel Massa, only the wealthy could commission the blacksmith to make this type of rare, prestige sculpture for individual worship.
Old matt patina, erosion and desiccation cracks. The frequent representations of horsemen among the Dogon of Mali refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. Indeed, one of the Nommos, ancestors of the men, resuscitated by the creator god Amma, came down on the earth carried by an ark metamorphosed into a horse. Moreover, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious chief named Hogon, paraded on his horse during his enthronement because according to the custom he should not put ...


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Dogon zoomorphic mask
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Thick, lumpy patina of use for this African animal mask offering outwardly erect ears, a protruding forehead, a blunt nose and a large, toothy grin. Seams resulting from ritual libations. Slight residual pigments, red ochre, additionally appear at the ears under the crusty coating.
Desiccation cracks and abrasions.
The Dogon people are renowned in African tribal art for the myths and beliefs relating to their cosmogony.
The 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, the best known of which are the Kanaga , Sirigé , Satimbé , Walu . Most of them are used by ...


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Dogon statue
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Declined in tubular volumes, this Dogon sculpture represents a mythical being, or an ancestor without facial features. The head evokes, for the Dogon, the egg of the world created by the word of the god Amma. A disk forms the shoulders, extended by fine arms, one of which points to the sky. The Dogon decorative motifs, in broken lines and rings, associated with traditional scarifications, are engraved on the whole. They refer to the Dogon cosmogony. Medium brown patina.

Carved for the most part on commission by a family, Dogon statues may also be the object of worship by the entire community. However, their functions remain little known. In parallel with Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, under the ...


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Dogon Tellem altar figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon figure

The tribal African statues of the Dogon can be the object of worship on behalf of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation 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 periods of seeds and harvests. This is a statuette of personal worship, with a dense, oily and slightly abraded patina, under which appears a light wood.
The figures with raised arms would symbolize a prayer to Amma to grant the rain necessary for all life. According to the sources, it would also be a gesture of contrition following the violation of a law that resulted in a drought. Sacrificial patina. The south of the plateau overlooking the Bandiagara ...


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Altar figure Bombou-toro Dogon
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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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Dogon talisman figure in bronze
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Tribal art > African bronze > Dogon bronze

African statuette Dogon realized in bronze, representing an ancestor, clan chief or hogon. Thick grainy patina green-gray.
The Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. Today they produce weapons, tools,and also work with wood. "Masters of fire" associated in Dogon cosmogony with the primordial beings "Nommo" created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost wax technique, were widespread in the region of the interior delta of the Niger, copper reaching it thanks to the trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have uncovered the remains of iron and steel sites dating back to the 15th century, the date of the arrival of the Dogon. Since the Islamization of the region, which ...

Dogon zoomorphic mask
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
Among more than eighty types of African masks recorded among the Dogon, including animal masks, this mask with large concave sockets and small laterally placed ears would probably embody a monkey.
Sacrificial crusty patina, dry, locally flaking. Cracks of desiccation.
The Dogon people are renowned in African tribal art for the myths and beliefs relating to their cosmogony.
The 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, the best known of which are the Kanaga , Sirigé , Satimbé , Walu . Most of them are used by the ...


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Dogon Kanaga mask
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Coll. art africain française Voltz, piece estimated around 1920 according to Zemanek-Münster where it was acquired.
In funeral rites, members of the Awa society, dance with the masks on the roof of the dead man's house, to lead his soul (nyama) to his eternal rest and to defend the living. The Kanaga mask is also used to protect hunters from the vengeance of the prey he has killed.
This example is designed according to a recurrent structure and the features evoke a bird's beak. As a preliminary to funerals or during the mourning period, numerous copies, almost all identical, appear on the dance floor, after having circulated in the village's alleys. Depending on the degree of initiation, this mask will not have the same meaning when it is brought out during the mourning ...


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