Dogon bangle/bracelet, delicate with an intriguing fashioned design.
Approx Age: Early – Mid 20th Century
Dimensions cm: 9.5 (diameter)
Ref. Number: 1313
This 9.5 cm diameter Dogon bracelet/bangle from, Mali has a twisted iron design creating the bases of this piece of jewellery. A nice and tight twist has been made showing the skill of the maker. Making this particular bracelet a little different the maker has forged what appears to be two horn-shaped pieces of iron and carefully attached them over the top of the twisted bracelet giving it an animal head stylization.
Provenance: Ex Lampevelden Collection – Netherlands.
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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