Dogon Iron Ginna Figure

Small Dogon Iron Ginna Figure placed upright near the altar of the Ginna.

Tribe: Dogon

Origin: Mali

Approx Age: Mid 20th Century

Materials: Iron

Dimensions cm: 12 (tall)

Ref. Number: 1321




Upright but reclined small Dogon iron Ginna figure. With bent knees, one arm outstretched facing forward and the other bent upright. There are facial features present on this piece but barely visible due to age and erosion. Collected in 1970’s this is a characterful piece of Dogon ironwork.

Provenace: Ex Lampevelden Collection Netherlands.


Iron figures exhibit the techincal skill and artistry that the Dogon blacksmith brought to their work. They would do the smelting to get the iron from iron ore, then heat and hammer out both the tools and weapons used and the important ritual objects/figures. Nowadays, the Dogon blacksmiths forge mainly scrap metal recuperated from old railway lines or car wrecks. So, little by little, the long process of iron ore reduction, which demands a perfect knowledge of fire and its temperatures, has been abandoned.

Each of these figures presents the skill of the blacksmith as can be seen from the careful shaping of the individual shaping of limbs and facial features. The small figures are normally placed upright near the alter of the ginna, the big family house (Gina Na or Gina Da) of the village.

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