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DOGON ART

 

 

 

Dominating from the XIVth century the Bandiagra's cliffs, in Malia, DOGON initiated

a very old artistic production. Line and  shape's style is the main criterion to show power

of rites organising their society. Each work is a deep representation of cosmogony structuring

daily life.

 

A single cosmogony

 

As a patriarcal society, all professions have a ritual meaning according to God Amma and

his eight ancestors. DOGON or HEBBE means «  pagan », who refuses to agree to Islam.

Amma looked like an egg, DOGON statues have always an ovoid head to make shown its

religious and initiation value.

The eight ancestors are associated to a profession and a colour:

Black smith and potter : red and blue

Farmer : white and green

Sculptor : orange

Speaker : green mill

 

Armand Auxiètre,  managing Director at gallery «  L'oeil et la main » choosed to present

for this exhibition a DOGON's maternity.

This choice to show how, even if maternity has the meaning of fertility, it is also full of

symbols and  sacred  characters evocating the powerfull world of spirits.

Threw these representations sculpture delicacy and DOGON patina underline its power.

 

DOGON Maternity

Malia – wood- old patina

Maternity represents a woman sitting on a stool, very delicately sculpted, and keep her

child on knees. Chil tries to hold on her bosom.

A solemn expression  and full of dignity mother's expression givest to this work an intense

dimension much more than showing daily life : cosmic energy emanating of this DOGON 

creation.



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