Dogon Bracelet, Mali
H: 10,5 cm (4,1″), Ø: 10,5 (4,1″), D: 4 cm (1,6″)
Weight: 300 g
This is a very rare and magnificent example of a Dogon bracelet – attributed to the Hogon (Dogon king). It shows old patina from usage, and is decorated with a couple (ancestors) and protective signs and symbols of alliance.
Metal works like this Dogon bracelet is molded in bronze by ‘the lost wax method’, also called ‘cire-perdue’. This kind of metal molding is made with a wax model and a mold made from a heat proof material, such as clay, in which the liquid metal is poured into through pipes and openings, and the wax is melted and drained away. The method is common on every continent exept Australia, and dates back to 3rd millenium BC and has sustained few changes since then.
Age: Est. late 19th early 20th Century.
Literature: DOGON by Hélène Leloup for the exhibition “Dogon” in 2012 at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, page 375. Editions d’Art SOMOGY.
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