Dogon Bangle

Heavy twist Dogon iron bangle.
Tribe: Dogon

Origin: Mali

Approx Age: Early – Mid 20th Century

Materials: Iron

Dimensions cm: 6 (diameter)

Ref. Number: 1311


Dogon heavy twist iron bangle, Mali. This bangle has a very strong well defined and even twist pattern throughout. Where the circle joins, skill has been used as one end has been made into a point and then fed into the hollow end of the bangle creating a fastening and said to be Lebe eating his own tail. Interesting and old Dogon bangle.

Provenance: Ex Lampevelden Collection, collected early 1970’s


The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of Mali, in West Africa, south of the Niger bend, near the city of Bandiagara, in the Mopti region. The population numbers between 400,000 and 800,000.

The metal workers of the Dogon people are famed for their extraordinary construction of distinctive jewelry items.  Dogon motifs include bearded figures, the sun and stars, snakes, rabbits and monkeys.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. These bracelets were also used as fetishes, objects believed to have supernatural powers and therefore could protect the wearer hence it is an item of jewellery often worn by the hunters within the village.

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