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Dogon Headrest Zoomorphic Horse with Two Heads Mali African Art

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Title Dogon Headrest Zoomorphic Horse with Two Heads Mali African Art
Type of Object Artifact, Headrest
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Early 20th century
Dimensions Height: 7 Inches
Width: 11 Inches
Depth: 4.5 Inches
Overall Condition good
Damage/Repair thick encrustation covers most of piece. small chips, general wear


An angular depiction of the known Dogon horse motif, this headrest shows signs of significant age and use.  An abstracted version of a horse with two heads.


Additional information: Dogon art is not a single fixed style as has been often characterized in discussions of their sculpture, for the age of Dogon art extends to the past as early as the 12th century and continues to be created in the present with a number of sub-styles measured against the core of an identifiable Dogon art and style.The Dogon interchange stylistic elements with neighboring groups producing an interesting hybridism in some of their interesting sub-styles. This headrest/stool may reflects an influence that neighboring groups can have on the well defined core of Dogon sculpture. Scholars do not have enough evidences to confirm if the Dogon have produced and used headrests. Number of them state that most of the headrests attributed to the Dogon were carved by the Tellem, an old population who first occupied the Dogon region. A few scholars support that headrests were carved and used by the Dogon, especially by Hogon priests and during burial ceremonies. The head on this headrest/stool is similar to these found on Dogon artifacts.


Recommended Reading: Laude's AFRICAN ART OF THE DOGON, Amex DOGON STATUARY, Ezra's ART OF THE DOGON, Ndlaye's ARTS DU PAYS DOGON.