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Dogon Bronze Pin - PF.4920
Origin: Southeastern Mali, Burkina Faso
Circa: 19 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 6.25" (15.9cm) high x 0.625" (1.6cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Bronze

Location: United States
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The continuation of a specific style in art can have a cohesive effect on a people. They become accustomed to associate particular physical attributes with a definite purpose and function. The Dogon are famous for depicting the human form with an ovoid head, squared shoulders and tapered extremities; characteristics seen in this remarkable pin. The figure is in a seated position, hands placed firmly on the knees. His back is very straight and he appears to be bound at the elbows. Protruding from his mouth is a bulbous object that is so large it seems to be puffing out his cheeks. This may be a form of intentional mutilation as part of ritual, or simply to keep the person quiet! Is this figure a prisoner? Was the pin made to be worn by a warrior as a sign of his bravery in battle? Whatever its original purpose, this pin is a handsome example of Dogon art; and as such, presents a style that greatly influenced the art of the West. - (PF.4920)


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