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Arts of Africa

On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
Among the Dogon, jewelry often serves as much more than personal adornment. For example, bracelets, rings, and necklaces might signify that the owner is linked to ancestors or spiritual leaders, or identify the wearer as a priest or a caretaker of a particular altar. The two seated figures on this necklace or collar most likely represent Nommo, the original beings created by the god Amma, who may be represented by the central face. The necklace was probably worn by a hogon, an important priest.
MEDIUM Copper alloy
  • Place Made: Mopti Region, Mali
  • DATES 11th-15th century (?)
    DIMENSIONS 9 x 9 x 1 in. (22.9 x 22.9 x 2.5 cm) Diameter: 9in. (22.9cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Jacob M. Kaplan
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Dogon. Necklace, 11th-15th century (?). Copper alloy, 9 x 9 x 1 in. (22.9 x 22.9 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Jacob M. Kaplan, 74.67. Creative Commons-BY
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A brass necklace decorated with two seated Nommo figures. The arms and legs of the figures are serpentine like; the arms are both raised. Their heads are elongated. At the center of the necklace is another head. Sixteen small rectangular pendants are suspended from the front of the necklace. CONDITION: Generally good. One pendant is missing from its ring.
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