Small Bronze Tellem Dogon African Statue
The perfect sized piece for displaying on your desk! The Dogon are known for their geometric style of the human form. A Dogon statue such as this, has primitive and elongated features that display these characteristics of their art form.
The Dogon people are believed to have originated in ancient Egypt while settling along the sandstone cliffs by the Bandiagara Escarpment probably during the 15th or 16th century. It is thought that they ended up here while trying to escape Islamization. With bluffs reaching over 1600 feet high and 90 miles long, and the cliffs littered with hundreds of caves, it would have been the perfect place to hide from enemies.
Dogon people have become popularized for their ancient tales on human origins and extraterrestrial contact. According to legend, a race of beings called Nommo, came from the star system Sirius, thousands of years ago. The beings are said to have come to Earth to provide humans with knowledge. They gave the Dogon information about their solar system as well as our own. These same creatures also appear in Babylonian and Sumerian myths.
Oddly, the Dogon people did had knowledge for centuries that were, until Galileo and his telescope, unknown to the Western world. They identified Jupiter’s moons and Saturn’s rings and knew that the Sun was the center of our solar system. They have stories about the big bang and other astronomical events. The Dogon people had awareness about an invisible companion star orbiting Sirius that was unidentified until 1970. It baffles scientists to this day that an ancient race had knowledge of solar systems that cannot be seen without the help of high-powered telescopes.
You can learn more about the Dogon people by visiting our Dogon tribe page here.
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