Dogon Figural Brass Spoon Mali
A brass spoon with a nommo figure from the Dogon people.
Brass and iron figures are identified with Dogon myths of creation, as the blacksmith was one of the first primordial beings known as Nommo created by Ama who is one of the major Dogon deities. The identity between the Nommo and the blacksmith creates a bond and an identity that gives the blacksmith special powers which include the ability to call down rain so important in Dogon life. Metal objects would be placed in the Binu sanctuary, a sacred shelter where the Dogon keep objects of magical importance. These objects have special meaning for the Dogon for they blend symbol and a powerful aesthetic in a very abstract image.