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Artist/Maker: Dogon people (Mali)

Date: 19th century or earlier
Medium: stone
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 1/2 x 1 x 1 3/8 in. (6.4 x 2.5 x 3.5 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Alan Potamkin
Terms
Object number: 2007.48.18
DescriptionThe Dogon recognize several categories of spirits. Most important are the spirits associated with the bush - the area of wilderness outside the boundaries of the village - where everything is mysterious, animal spirits roam, and rocks can move. The Dogon also associate stones with the bones of the nummo (primordial ancestors) and their human descendants who are the ancestors of today’s people. Priests can be aided by either bush spirits or by the spirits of ancestors.
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