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Dogon Spoon Figurine Brass Ceremonial Mali African Art

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Title Dogon Spoon Figurine Brass Ceremonial Mali African Art
Type of Object brass figural spoon
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Brass or Copper alloy
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 5.25 Inches
Width: 1 Inch
Overall Condition good
Damage/Repair some tarnishing, scrapes. dirty


Provenance:  From the collection of Howard Gelb, St. Paul, MN collector of African Art, who was also a businessman, lawyer, and philanthropist. Mr. Gelb died in 2015, at the age of 96.

Additional Information: A tradition of bronze cast figures is found among a number of different peoples of the Western Sudan including the Dogon, Bozo and the various groups of Burkina Faso. This well modeled miniature figure comes from Mali and was made by the Dogon . The sculpture is a bearded man standing atop the bowl of a spoon.


Bronze, Brass and iron figures are identified with Dogon myths of creation, as the blacksmith was one of the first primordial beings known as Nommo created by Ama who is one of the major Dogon deities. The identity between the Nommo and the blacksmith creates a bond and an identity that gives the blacksmith special powers which include the ability to call down rain so important in Dogon life. Figures such as this would be placed in the Binu sanctuary, a sacred shelter where the Dogon keep objects of magical importance. This sculpture reflects the artistry, power, and authority of the Dogon blacksmith, as it was he who also carved the well-known wooden sculptures used by the Dogon.


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For more information on the Dogon, see Laude's AFRICAN ART OF THE DOGON