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Dogon Brass Mother and Child Miniature Mali African Art

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Title Dogon Brass Mother and Child Miniature Mali African Art
Type of Object Figure
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Brass or Copper alloy
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 11.5 Inches
Width: 2.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. 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 Stool not connected to seat and some tarnishing

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 kneeling to fire an arrow.

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.

Recommended Reading:

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