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Dogon Stone and Brass Fortune Teller Camel Rider Mali Africa

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Title Dogon Stone and Brass Fortune Teller Camel Rider Mali Africa
Country of Origin Mali, Upper Niger Delta
People Dogon
Materials Brass /bronze (unknown metal content), stone
Approximate Age Unknown
Dimensions Height: 6 Inches
Width: .75 Inches
Depth: 4.25 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Some oxidation on surface, cracks and casting flaws


 Additional Information:  Known for their art as well as their remarkable villages along the heights of the Bandiagara escarpment, Dogon art remains today some of the best known and most collected African art. This figure is cast in a bronze or brass in a style that is not often seen in Dogon sculpture in which the figure with his elongated form. The well-modeled face has a prominent beard jutting out from the chin in typical Dogon sculptural style. The figure may represent an ancestor or equally a Nommo, one of the eight Dogon primordial figures created by God. Among the Dogon bronze figures were placed on a family altar or kept in the village priest’s shrine where they would have offerings made to infuse them with life force to assist humans on earth and to intercede with the deities. The long tradition of figurative metal casting in the Western Sudan reaching back to the period of the great Empire of Mali as early as the 12th century is evident in this strongly modeled figure. The illustrated example reflects the skills of Dogon metal workers to cast in the lost wax tradition figures.


Numerous terracotta, bronze, and brass objects have come to light from the great ‘Inland Delta Cultures’ of the Niger River and Benue River confluence. This figure could have been used as a shrine piece . 


Such castings were made using the lost wax technique, which produces one-of-a-kind pieces. A core of clay is covered with wax, which is then carved into the exact shape which the artist wants the finished piece to have. Additional wax "pipelines" are made for the wax to exit and gases to escape. The wax is then covered with a layer of fine clay, and with succeeding layers, each coarser than the previous one. The mold is then heated, which melts the wax and fires the clay into a solid mold. The empty space is filled by pouring in molten brass. After the piece cools, the clay mold is broken, revealing the metal piece ready for polishing.