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Dogon Ceremonial Horn Trumpet

Dogon Ceremonial Horn Trumpet

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Dogon people, mid. 20th century, Bandiagara, Mali, West Africa

Lovely aged ceremonial horn trumpet. The Dogon are an ethnic group of the central plateau region of Mali that spreads across the border into Burkina Faso. Majority of Dogon people live in the rocky hills, mountains, and plateaus of the Bandiagara Escarpment. Villages are built along escarpments and near a source of water. On average, a village contains around 44 houses organized around the village founder's house (ginna). The arrangement of buidings in a Dogon village is intended to symbolize a prone human body, with the most important structure "house of words" (called Tógu nà) representing the head. The Dogons are essentially animists including worshipping the ancestral twin spirit (Nommo), often depicted with a human torso attached to snakelike body. 

Beautiful side-blown trumpet carved from horn. The lips are buzzed in a hole in the side, to produce the sound. Trumpet with carved ancestor figure and forged iron decorations. Good condition. Age-related wear and signs of use. Size approx. 34,0cm x 4,8cm x 3,5cm.

Provenance: Dutch private collection

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