Dogon Bronze Crown

This stunning early 20th Century Dogon bronze crown would only be ever worn by the Hogon.

Tribe: Dogon

Origin: Mali

Approx Age: Early – Mid 20th Century

Materials: Bronze

Dimensions cm: 21 tall x 18 wide

Ref. Number: 0110

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Description:
This stunning early – mid 20th Century Dogon bronze crown would only be ever worn by the Hogon of the village during rituals. These cast figures and objects within the crown, despite their small size, express status, prestige and power. These cast metal figures and other objects exhibit the technical skill and artistry that Dogon blacksmiths brought to their work.

History

These cast metal figures and other objects exhibit the technical skill and artistry that Dogon blacksmiths brought to their work. Made by the complex traditional lost-wax process, these are all small enough to be cast solid. The Dogon used metal for their most important ritual objects as well as everyday objects, farming implements and weapons. The Dogon bronze crown would only be ever worn by the Hogon of the village during rituals. These cast figures and objects within the crown, despite their small size, express status, prestige and power. The Hogon has a key role in village rituals and in ensuring fertility and germination, being central to a wide range of fertility and marraige rituals, which are closely related to Dogon myths.

 

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