Mid 20th Century, Ex US private collection
Dimensions (HxWxD): 57x14x14 cm
Nommo figures were placed on altars and received ritual offerings. The encrusted patina on the figure and the condition of the wood show use and age. There's an old catalog number painted on the bottom of the figure reading F73A.
The Dogon creation myth is complex and controversial. It's generally believed that Heaven, which is regarded as the creator, is called Amma. At the beginning of time, Amma (a supreme god who lived in the celestial regions and was the origin of all creation) created the Earth and immediately joined with it.
Amma split in two, creating Ogo, who represents disorder. Ogo descended to Earth in an ark, along the Milky Way which connects Heaven and Earth through a form of bridge, and he created havoc on Earth.
Amma then decided to create a representative of order, called Nommo, and also created for him 8 assistants, comprising of 4 couples of twins. These 8 were called the ancestors of human beings, and they too descended to Earth in an ark, also created by Amma.
Text: Hope Obamwonyi
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