Dogon Banya Ogo Hogon Pot

This elaborately carved monumental container was used to hold food consumed during the investment rituals of Dogon religious and political leaders known as hogon.

Tribe: Dogon

Origin: Mali

Approx Age: Later 20th Century

Materials: Wood

Dimensions cm: 89 tall x 33 wide

Ref. Number: M0554

£2400.00

Description:

A beautiful Dogon Banya Ogo Hogon pot from Mali. This elaborately carved monumental container was used to hold food consumed during the investment rituals of Dogon religious and political leaders known as hogon. Hogon are the high priests of the cult of Lebe, the first Dogon ancestor to die, whose body was miraculously transformed into a snake after his death. Associated with regeneration and renewal, the cult is charged with maintaining the earth’s fertility and ensuring the protection and well-being of Dogon society.

History

This vessel’s large size and visual elaboration indicate’s the hogon’s importance within the life of a Dogon community. Its complex iconography can be interpreted using Dogon accounts of cosmology recorded in the early twentieth century. At the apex of the vessel, a heroic equestrian figure represents the hogon. The horse is a traditional indication of wealth, prestige, and social dominance, but in this context it also suggests the hogon’s symbolic place within the Dogon cosmic order.

The banya ogo are sections adorned with lid made mostly of wood green caïlcédrat (Khaya senegalensis). These objects are rare: only about fifty have been listed. Despite their small number, the “cuts Hogon” are considered emblematic works of Dogon art and are admired for their aesthetics. By 1905, Lieutenant Louis Desplagnes, on mission in the central massif of the loop of the Middle Niger, had also described the production of “art.” Their function remains controversial because no visual document shows the object in context of use. To meet the most plausible assumptions made by various authors, ogo banya will be studied through their contexts of discovery, their iconography and their technical characteristics.

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