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Dege (Black Monkey Mask)

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Dogon masks come in many forms, from those made of fibre or wood, and in the shape of animals, humans, and abstract creations. Before painting, the wooden masks are known as ajugo nüyü meaning "mask dead." Once painted, they become lajugo...


Bò Dágá (Door Lock)

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Today, the doors of the Dogon are secured with metal padlocks — save for a few still adorned with the head of a lizard or the Islamic symbol of the crescent moon. But this was not always the case. In years gone by, the doors to the thatched...


Aduno Koro (Ritual Container)

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The Dogon reside in remote villages, sheltered by rugged cliffs running along the Niger River. In this harsh and arid landscape, it is a struggle for Dogon farmers to work the land and provide food for their communities. This makes a successful...


Jidagaw (Water Storage Jar)

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Bamana society is strickly heirachical—only the wives and daughters of blacksmiths (numuw) are authorised to make earthenware pots. This small group of women are known as numumusow (meaning ‘blacksmith women’)...


Misikun (Cow Helmet Mask)

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Six initiation societies, known as dyow (sing. dyo), govern the social, economic, and spiritual lives of Bamana men. The six societies are n’domo, komo, nama, kono, chi wara and kore. A Bamana man must pass through each...


Boli (Nyama Power Figure)

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The Bamana harness supernatural energy (nyama) to resolve disputes, cure illnesses, hunt down witches and other negative spiritual forces, and to generally protect the community from harm. To help harness nyama, boliw (sing....