Approx Age: Mid 20th Century
Dimensions cm: 14 x 25 (handle – handle)
Ref. Number: 0342
An exquisite Dogon bowl, probably used for either eating from or in the use of food preparation, made of wood with a darkened patina showing plentiful signs of being well used. This bowl has the zig-zag incised carving around the entire bowl, including the handles, symbolizing the ‘flow of water’ in Dogon culture. Protruding triangular shaped handles on either side of this bowl give this item of everyday tribal use a lovely feel.
The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of Mali, in Western Africa, south of the Niger bend, near the city of Bandiagara, in the Mopti region. Know and recognized for their extensive carving of ceremonial masks and wooden figurative art. Dogon art is extremely versatile, although common stylistic characteristics – such as a tendency towards stylization – are apparent on the statues. Their art deals with the myths whose complex ensemble regulates the life of the individual. The sculptures are preserved in innumerable sites of worship, personal or family altars, altars for rain and altars to protect hunters. As a general characterization of Dogon statues, one could say that they render the human body in a simplified way, reducing it to its essentials. Some are extremely elongated with emphasis on geometric forms.
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