Seated Dogon maternity; Mali.Worn on the... - Lot 6 - Arthema Auction

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Seated Dogon maternity; Mali.Worn on the... - Lot 6 - Arthema Auction
Seated Dogon maternity; Mali.Worn on the head during women's funerals, this type of African statue could be seen by the public. Outside ceremonies, they remained under the care of the oldest woman. Characterized by her lanky form, nursing her child in a seated position, this figure evokes the female ancestor and is invoked for fertility purposes. Libations have left this piece with a dark matte patina, abraded in places. Desiccation cracks.80 x 80 x 21 cm Carved for the most part to order by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship by the whole community when, for example, they commemorate the founding of the village. However, little is known about their functions. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults. According to Dogon cosmogony, the first primordial Dogon ancestors, called Nommo , were the bisexual water gods. They are said to have been created in heaven by the creator god Amma and to have descended from heaven to earth in an ark.
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