Dogon Iron Ginna Figure
Small Dogon Iron Ginna Figure placed upright near the altar of the Ginna.
Approx Age: Mid 20th Century
Dimensions cm: 12 (tall)
Ref. Number: 1321
Upright but reclined small Dogon iron G
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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