Dogon figure (Front view)
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Item : Dogon figure, Picture : Front view (approx. 12 Kbytes)


This figure undoubtedly depicts a nommo, with hands on both sides of the front and one arm raised. The carver has taken many liberties with the anatomy to use this abstract gesture to create a balance of the forms to represent this figure with a raised arm. This small Dogon sculpture is therefore ambiguous and complex. The gesture of raised arms represents various aspects of nommo role in the organization of the universe and its relationship with the amma god, and also in Dogon rituals of fertility (the spiritual being nommo is present in water and rain).

This figure is covered with a fine-grained black patina suggestive of the materials that are used for making sacrifices on personal altars or in the binu sanctuary.

18th / 19th century.

Object #2462

Origin :

Mali (Bandiagara cliffs area, Teli village)

Type :

Statuary

Ethnic group :

Dogon

Material :

Eroded wood with sacrificial materials

Size :

H = 10.2 inches

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