Dogon Bracelet

Delicate, twist with scroll fashioned opening, a Dogon bracelet made of iron.

Tribe: Dogon

Origin: Mali

Approx Age: Mid 20th Century

Materials: Iron

Dimensions cm: 8 (diameter)

Ref. Number: 1314


Dogon bracelet, more delicate in appearance Dogon iron bracelet. The iron has been twisted to form the main part of this bangle. Both ends have had a small scroll created giving a more delicate feel to this piece of Dogon jewellery. An open fluted, like a tulip, shape has been incorparated adding a sence of delicacy to this lovely old bracelet. There are signs of erosion but that is only to be expected due to age of this piece.

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 jewellery 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. A Hogon is a religious figure as well as a temporal authority. The Hogon may be hereditary or may be chosen from among the village elders—custom varies from place to place. The Hogon is always a man. After being chosen, a Hogon must pass through several months without washing or shaving. After initiation, he wears a red cap and a pearl bracelet. Hogon live alone and should be celibate, but a village girl may act as a maid. Nobody should touch the Hogon.

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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