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25. Dogon shrine couple, Mali, wood and metal, 10 1/4" (26 cm)
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25. Dogon shrine couple, Mali, wood and metal, 10 1/4" (26 cm)
  Remarkable for its geometry and conciseness of carving, this Dogon shrine piece was probably for use on a personal altar or shrine. Its specific use is unknown, though it may represent one of the pairs of Nommo- the eight sacred twins of Dogon mythology who are associated with water. Though the Dogon have many couples in their carvings, these are thought to have represented living people who would later be venerated as ancestors. There are no primordial couple mythologies in Dogon cosmology.

Collection of Charlie and Blanche Derby

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