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Very rare altar piece - Toguna - DOGON - Mali

Lot reference 19239849

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Current bid $128
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Location: France
Auction fee: 9% of the winning bid
Shipping to United States: $61.79

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$128 Bidder 2755
18-07-2018 00:04:43
$116 Bidder 0735
14-07-2018 16:17:34
$2 Bidder 2301
14-07-2018 10:52:44

Middle of the 20th century - Reasonable condition

Within the Dogon culture the Toguna (Togouna) is an important and symbolic forked trunk which should hold up the roof of the ' Community Men's House. This monumental roof carriers (logs) range from 150 to 200 cm and can sometimes have a weight of 80 kg.
Miniature Toguna's are very rare. These were placed on an altar indoors. Their function is not entirely clear, but it is believed that menstruating women with a strong desire to have children (who were absolutely not allowed in the men ' Community House ') visited this altar with offerings (food, fruit, flowers) in hopes to get pregnant.
Beautiful object with mythological (?) performances
Age: mid 20th century-very hard & heavy wood. Because of this extreme hardness there is only superficial termite damage. See pictures.
Although this is a miniature Toguna, it still has a respectable height of 71 cm (88.5 cm incl. stand).

Old Belgian collection.

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