Old Dogon West Africa Bronze, A Seated Couple
Old Dogon West Africa Bronze, A Seated Couple
Old Dogon West Africa Bronze, A Seated Couple
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Old Dogon West Africa Bronze, A Seated Couple

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Vintage from before 2000

This fine old bronze sculpture expresses the tradition of the shared and symmetrical responsibilities of men and women in Dogon society. The male has a smooth torso, while the female has elongated breasts that droop from the suckling of multiple children. She is responsible for child care, he for providing sustenance. He has one arm draped protectively across her shoulders and resting on her breast. This emphasizes their mutual roles in procreation and nurturing. Male and female are connected to one another by his gesture, but additionally are shown as separate definable units. This approach reflects Dogon attitudes toward marriage as a partnership of independent equals. This balanced duality is also a central tenet of Dogon mythology. Both individuals show extensive scarifications, covering their faces, stomachs and shoulders. Measures about 7 inches high and about 3 inches wide. Striking greenish patina. A lovely display piece

The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of Mali, in West Africa, south of the Niger bend, near the city of Bandiagara, in the Mopti region. They speak the Dogon languages, which are considered to constitute an independent branch of the Niger–Congo language family. The Dogon are best known for their religious traditions, their mask dances, wooden sculpture and their architecture. The past century has seen significant changes in the social organization, material culture and beliefs of the Dogon, partly because Dogon country is one of Mali's major tourist attractions.