A Large Tribally Used Dogon Figure – Southern Bandiagara Plateau, Mali
sacrifications. Cm. 69,5 high (27.36″); grams 3.158,0 (6.96 lb).
Dogon sculpture is intimately linked with spiritual beliefs related to ancestors, both real ancestors and mythic Nommo spirits (primordial ancestors created by the central god, Amma). Figures are made to house the spirits of deceased family members and are placed in family shrines, and masks are used to drive away the spirits of the deceased at the end of the mourning period.
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