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Dogon Male Figure Nommo Mali African Art

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Title Dogon Male Figure Nommo Mali Africa
Type of Object Wood
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Second half 20th Century
Dimensions 19.5 inches x 4.5 inches
Overall Condition Fair to good
Damage/Repair cracks along head, neck and body, cracks in legs, scratches, hipa, , chipped foot, shoulders /arms repaired with glueand chips throughout, old insect damage arrested


Additional Information: A standing figure representing a Nommo, Dogon primordial ancestor and usd as a shrine piece.  

 

The oral tradition of the Dogon tells us that they originated on the west bank of the Niger River about 1000 years ago. They moved west at some point, into parts of what is now Mossi territory in Burkina Faso, but chose to return east due to pressure to assimilate into the Mossi Kingdom. This time, around 1500, they found a place almost unreachable by invaders on horseback--the arid but imposing Bandiagara Cliffs. Here most of the Dogon have remained to this day, as one of Africa's most spiritual people. Dogon family dwellings, as well as their shrines and granaries, are constructed in a uniquely haunting way, leaving even the most jaded observer spellbound, in what can only be described as a "magic kingdom." The Dogon have taken the time-honored worship of ancestors to new heights, and their huge pantheon of astounding and colorful carvings reflect this. It is possible today for tourists and scholars to arrange masked dances for public view, but these dances are for entertainment only, and only a few of the art-forms are actually revealed. Ritually meaningful ceremonies are not shared with the public. The Dogon have even made their funerals a unique spectacle. Accompanied by the chanting of Binu priests, the body is reportedly lowered over the jagged cliffs into its final resting place, as dancers venerate the life of the deceased. Quite a way to enter the heavens! The important PBS series "Africa" did a beautiful segment on the Dogon and Fulani.

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