Dogon Stool

The Dogon stool do  vary in complexity and design. Most often you will see Dogon stools with figures around the rim acting as supports between the upper and lower platforms.

Tribe: Dogon

Origin: Mali

Approx Age: Early – Mid 20th Century

Materials: Wood

Dimensions cm: 36 tall x 38 wide

Ref. Number: 0442

£595.00
Description:
A beautiful, unusual and old Dogon stool of an abstract form and of a two tier design and decorated with a zigzag carving around the top and bottom surround and on the angled legs with a Dogon meaning of “flowing water”, This early 20th Century Dogon stool has sustained cracks, repairs and old insect invasion over the longevity of its life but does not detract from its true beauty and unusuality of this two tier wooden stool.

Provenance: Ex Private German collection.

History

Dogon stools serve the Dogon people for everyday use. There are two distinct types. The simple, abstract ones like the one that we have here that is old and wonderfully eroded by time, use and exposure. The more complex ones are supported by figures. Dogon traditions describe the cosmos as two disks (the top of the stool and the base) forming the sky and earth connected by a tree, being stools with a central post. Those with a post in the middle are linked with Dogon mythology. The zigzag patterns suggest the path of their descent and flowing water and refer to the symbol of Lébé, the first human and priest who was transformed into a serpent after his death. The disk on top serves as an altar surface for libations.
Dogon stools vary in complexity and design. Most often you will see Dogon stools with figures around the rim acting as supports between the upper and lower platforms. These figures generally represent Dogon ancestors referred to as “Nommo” and were generally reserved for people of high status in Dogon culture, like priests. The supporting figures on stools represent the founding ancestors in their descent from sky to earth. They were used as symbols of authority.

The zigzag patterns suggest the path of their descent and flowing water and refer to the symbol of Lébé, the first human and priest who was transformed into a serpent after his death. The disk on top serves as an altar surface for libations.
Dogon stools vary in complexity and design. Most often you will see Dogon stools with figures around the rim acting as supports between the upper and lower platforms. These figures generally represent Dogon ancestors referred to as “Nommo” and were generally reserved for people of high status in Dogon culture, like priests. The supporting figures on stools represent the founding ancestors in their descent from sky to earth. They were used as symbols of authority.

This particular Dogon stool has seen plenty of use in its lifetime, on the  top is encrustation in parts and worn in well, where the bottom has had a fair bit of insect invasion which is not present now. this is estimated to be an early to mid 20th century Dogon stool.

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