Dogon Bangle/Bracelet

Open-ended Dogon bangle / bracelet with tag adornments.
Tribe: Dogon

Origin: Mali

Approx Age: Mid 20th Century

Materials: Iron

Dimensions cm: 6 (diameter) – 2.5 (opening)

Ref. Number: 1309


Dogon bracelet / bangle with a twisted iron design. This bangle / bracelet has a 2.5 cm opening. On either opening, the iron has been scrolled over creating an open loop. Rings have been made that pass through the loops onto which tags have been attached. There are two tags on each side. These tags add a lovely jingling sound to this piece of Dogon art that has remained in lovely condition.

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.

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