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Dimensions: L:40.6in W:9.4in D:7.9in
These pots serve both utilitarian and ceremonial purposes within Dogon society. In ceremonial contexts, the pots are employed during rituals, such as ancestor veneration, agricultural ceremonies, and initiation rites. The surface of the pots is often decorated with incised patterns, geometric motifs, or symbolic representations, reflecting Dogon cosmology, mythology, and daily life. The Dogon have complex religious and spiritual practices, and their art is considered sacred and associated with ancestral spirits. The pots are believed to be vessels for spiritual energy and are sometimes used in divination or healing rituals.
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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