Dogon Bangles

A wonderful collection of four Dogon bangles/bracelets with exquisite markings.

Tribe: Dogon

Origin: Mali

Approx Age: Mid 20th Century

Materials: Iron/Bronze/Copper

Dimensions cm: 2 @ 7 (diameter) – 2 @ 5 (diameter)

Ref. Number: 1364


Dogon bangles, a lovely little collection of four Dogon bangles/bracelets. Each is very individual and all having plenty of decoration. The two smaller bangles look like they may have been worn by a child? both are open and have a ridged bumpy finish to the outer rim and show a green oxidize patina. The first larger bangle has an opening and displays an interesting pattern if lines and circles with some green oxidization present. The last one is copper in colour and is the most decorated of the four. Again a design incorporating a sequence/sequences of lines throughout. Where the circle joins a hole passes through possibly having had a charm/amulet attached at some time. A wonderful collection of endearing Dogon jewellery.

Provenance: Ex Lampevelden Collection, collected 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, or given to a child for protection.


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