DOGON FIGURES, MALI

 

DOGON
Figures 4

 

DOGON
Figures 4

DOGON
Figures 4

DOGON
Figures 4

 

 Dogon
Ironwork

 

Dogon
Horsemen

Dogon Riders
Cast Bronze
 

 Dogon
Stools
 

 

Dogon
Couples

 

 Dogon
Satimbe Masks

 

Dogon
House Doors

 

 Dogon Metal
Couples

 Dogon
Toguna Posts

 Dogon "Tellem"
Figures 

 Dogon
Metal Maternity

 

Dogon
Maternity

 

Dogon
Figures 1

Dogon
Figures 1

Dogon
Figures 2

Dogon
Figures 3

Photographs © Tim Hamill

DOGON, FIGURES, Mali

Usually representing spirits, ancestors or the primordial couple, these figures were placed in shrines and treated with great respect. Through a wide range of style, scale, belief and function the couples depicted share a timeless, serene equality necessary to the continuity of their societies. Traditionally, most of the couples are two freestanding figures, conceived as a unit, and posed frontally, symmetrically, in formal postures and of equal size.

Sculpted as stools and headrests, the male and female figures serve as symbolic supports, or as handles when worked into the design of bowls. Couples also appear as decorative elements on African doors.

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