1869

Enquiry about object: 1869

Your First Name (required)

Your Last Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Country (required)

Your Message

Dogon Cast Brass Fertility Ring

Dogon People, Mali
19th century

height: 4.3cm, weight: 15g

Available - Enquire

Provenance

Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81

This ring has a bezel cast with two cone-like finials that are decorated with a spiral or coil motif. The form appears to be based on the antlers of an antelope (walu), a form more usually employed on Dogon masks (see Lamp et al, 2012, p. 102 for an example), or as van Cutsem (2000) suggests, on the shape of typical traditional Dogon granaries with pointy roofs.

A similar example is illustrated in van Cutsem (2000, p. 65).

The ring has splendid wear with softened contours, and a fine chocolate colour. It is marked to one side of the bezel with an old collection inventory number.

References

van Cutsem, A., A World of Rings: Africa, Asia, America, Skira, 2000.

Lamp, F.J., A.M. Maples & L.M. Smalligan, Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University Press, 2012.

Dozens of items are added to our website each month. Be among the first to know about them.
Sign up to our monthly catalogue