status (1) - Hardwood - dogong - Dogon - Mali

Description
status (1) - Hardwood - dogong - Dogon - Mali
2nd half 20th century - Good

The Dogon are a people from Mali, west Africa. Their total population is estimated at 700,000 individuals. They are established in a region named the Dogon Country, which runs from the Bandiagara Cliffs to the southwest of the Niger Bend. A few Dogon live in the north of Burkina Faso and others are established in Ivory Coast.

The Dogon are, first and foremost, cultivators (mainly of millet) and forgers. They are renowned for their cosmogony and sculptures. They speak the Dogon language which gathers several dialects. There is also a secret language, the Sigi So, a language exclusively spoken within the society of masks. The Dogon people are related to the Bozo ethnic group through the “joking relationship” (named sinankunya in Mali). The Dogon and the Bozo mutually make fun of each other, but in return they owe mutual assistance to each other.



The Dogon people are the heirs of an exceptional ethnic artistic tradition: Each artwork attests both of the families’ intimacy - the pieces are not destined to be seen, but on the contrary, the latter are stored in the background of houses and sanctuaries - and the representation of unique cosmogony which structures daily life, like the rhythm and rituals of societal or initiatory ceremonies.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
status
Indigenous object name
dogong
Ethnic group/ culture
Dogon
Region/ country
Mali
Material
Hardwood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
47×16×47 cm
Weight
2723 g
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