Dogon Ankle Adornment
Dogon ankle adornment, oval in shape, delicate to hold and made of iron.
Approx Age: Mid 20th Century
Dimensions cm: 10 (long) x 6.5 (wide)
Ref. Number: 1320
Dogon ankle adornment, both made and worn by the Dogon this is a lovely, made of iron but delicate in nature Dogon ankle adornment or bracelet. Oval in shape and worn around the ankle, fashioned in iron and twisted to give a design throughout. Either end has been sealed off with a carefully crafted dome-shaped piece of iron which gives an extra sense of design. One end shows a little thinning of the ironwork but due to the age of this piece it is only to be expected. Overall a pretty item of Dogon jewellery.
Provenance: Ex Lampevelden Collection, collected 1970’s
The Dogon are known for their iron bracelets and adornments in general which are often made out of wrapped iron worn by the Hogon, the spiritual leader of the Dogon community. These adornments primarily had a ritual meaning. Bracelets were made from iron among other materials, to be worn, but also used as a gift for the deceased. These bracelets were also used as fetishes, objects believed to have supernatural powers and therefore could protect the wearer. Worn by the Hogon, the Dogon spiritual man. A Hogon is a religious figure as well as a temporal authority. The H
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