Dogon chief door lock (Front view)

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Item : Dogon chief door lock, Picture : Front view (approx. 25 Kbytes)

This exceptional door lock is surmounted by a horse and its rider. The rider represents the hogon, the spiritual and temporal chief of the Dogon. He plays a role of mediator, judge, and also of guardian of the community. He also takes part in the preservation of the delicate relationship maintained by Men with the ancestors and the bush spirits.

This equestrian figure depicts the first hogon (also called lebe), before his metamorphosis in snake. Thus the Man and the supernatural merged, half human, half god. For the Dogon, lebe embodies all the vital forces of the nature.

By its dynamic style and its elegance, as well as the balance of its volumes, this sculpture can be considered as one of the masterpieces of the Dogon art.

Object #2227

Origin :

Mali (Bandiagara cliffs area)

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :


Material :

Wood, old patina from use

Size :

H = 23.2 inches

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