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In the Southern part of Mali, located on a large plateau surrounded by the Bandiagara Cliffs, in the bend of the Niger River are the villages of some 250,000 Dogon. In the center of each village, bordered by a sacred field is the residence or Ginna of the most important person to the Dogon Chief, the Supreme Hogan. Chosen at an early age the Supreme Hogan is a direct descendant of the eldest of the four Dogon ancestor brothers. The Hogan performs a diverse array of political and social functions and is a master of trade and commerce. As sacred leader of the Lebe cult he oversees the important planting and harvesting ceremonial rituals. Hogan stools such as the one on display, though never used for sitting are theoretically regarded as the throne of the Hogan. Given the name Imago Mundi, the seat consists of two disks connected by four Nommo couples. At the center of the top disk, carved in relief is the sun and geometrical designs. On the sides of the top and bottom disks are three and two rows respectively of Herringbone like incisions. These carvings reflect the vibration of water, light and the serpent Lebe. The four pairs of Nommo couples or twins are placed at the four cardinal points: north, south, east and west. The well-carved figures are in Tellum styling with arms raised praying for rain. Our stool is carved from a solid piece of wood with a rich patina. A final important note about the Hogan: because his Ginna is considered to be a sanctuary, he never leaves his home! Please click photo for enlargement! See another photo below.

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Dimensions: 9 1/2 inches tall with a 8 3/8 inch diameter. 

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