Dogon Wood Figure Mali
The figural carving from the Dogon people of Mali holds cultural significance as a symbol of both ritual thievery and blacksmith status. Carved with intricate detail, it depicts two pairs of Nommo, mythical beings in Dogon mythology created by the deity Amma. These figures represent both mythological ancestors and personal lineage, connecting individuals to their past and spiritual heritage. Through its portrayal of the Nommo and its intricate craftsmanship, the carving serves to honor both the gods and ancestral lineage, embodying the intertwined nature of Dogon art and mythology. As a rare and revered artifact, it exemplifies the richness and complexity of Dogon cultural traditions and holds a prominent place in collections of African art.
Approximate Age: Early 19th Century