African Tribal Art - Douge Necklace, Dogon People, Mali

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Douge necklace
Dogon people, Mali, West Africa

Iron, stone
18" (45.7 cm) long
Mid 20th century

A nice example of a douge (sacred stone) necklace worn by the Hogon (spiritual elders). It has a smooth ellipital river stone and another liver colored stone, similar to healing stones I've seen in the Sinai. There is a small slave manacle, seen in the center of the above photo, which might represent the capture of evil spirits.


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