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Dogon Standing Box with Nommo Figures Mali African Art

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Title Dogon Standing Box with Nommo Figures Mali African Art
Type of Object Caryatid Stool
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Second half 20th century
Dimensions Height: 6.5 Inches
Width: 7.5 Inches
Depth: 13 Inches
15 inches H. x 10.5 inches D.
Overall Condition Fair.
Damage/Repair repaired door does not fasten shut. chips, cracks, dirt and stains


 Additional Information: A four legged box with an opening side door.  One surface of the box is decorated with five engraved figures.  Each end of the box has two horse-like heads protruding.  Every surface is decorated with getometric motifs, the marks of a talented Dogon artist.  


Among the Dogon people of the Bandiagara escarpment in Mali art and mythology are often the same, sharing images whether carved or spoken of during their rituals. Amma, the Creator God, originally created eight humans known as Nommo, who were divided into four pairs, male and female who in the Dogon creation myth come down to the earth in a kind of an ark, drawn by a horse or magically settling onto the earth. A stool such as this symbolically represents the ‘ark’ and serves as a symbolic reminder of that mythic heritage. Sculpted stools would be traditionally used by the Hogon, the local priest and diviner. Though a late piece this strong and vigorous carving incorporates elements form Dogon traditional symbolism and imagery. The male figure serve as a support for the stool while referring not only to the mythological ancestors but also one’s own lineage or ancestors going back into the mist of time.