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Dimensions: L:40.6in W:8.7in D:15.4in
The artistic traditions of the Dogon people showcase their artistry, power, and cultural authority. The skilled sculptors create wooden sculptures that depict human and animal figures, often characterized by stylized forms and abstract representations. These sculptures serve a variety of purposes within Dogon society, including religious rituals, ancestor veneration, and communal celebrations. This boat sculpture reflects the artistry, power, and authority of the Dogon artisans. While wooden boats are not typically associated with the traditional practices of the Dogon people, it is worth noting that artistic traditions can evolve and adapt over time.
About the Tribe
Dogon are an ethnic group from Mali's central plateau region that extends into Burkina Faso. They arrived in the area around the 14th century CE. The majority of them live in the rocky hills, mountains, and plateaus of the Bandiagara Escarpment. The Dogon people are shrouded in mystery due to their knowledge of astronomy that pre-dates modern technology by thousands of years. They have known information about the stars before telescopes were invented. According to them, the Sirius A, which is the brightest star in Earth’s night sky, had a much dimmer companion: Sirius B, which has a fifty-year elliptical orbit around the bright Sirius A and is extremely dense. The Dogon claim that their knowledge of astronomy involves contact with extra-terrestrial life dating back to around 3,200 BC.
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