Dogon Hunters Shirt
Approx Age: 20th Century
Materials: Material, animal horns, bones, iron rings, tassels, cowrie shells
Dimensions cm: 95 (sleeve – sleeve) x 74 long
Ref. Number: M0577
A fantastic and authentic Dogon hunters shirt / tunic, covered in an array of trophy horns, iron rings, tassels, bones and cowrie shells. This garment, shirt, or tunic were worn by Dogon men for protection in the forest, from both wild animals and dangerous spirits. A successful hunter must not only be master of the forest and wild animals, but must also have the spiritual power necessary to negotiate the dangerous supernatural realm.
The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of the country of Mali, in Western Africa, south of the Niger bend, near the city of Bandiagara, in the Mopti region. The population numbers between 400,000 and 800,000.
They are often embellished with small objects, animal horns, mirrors, jewellery, and leather pouches, that provide the “spiritual armour” necessary to protect the hunter from both real and spirit force. This garment and hat has been vetted as authentic, with evidence of extensive use. This has been made / designed very well, even to the point of a fastening loop at the top of the shirt and the use of a cowrie shell to fasten it to.
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