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Metal Neck Ornament 24
Despite its appearance this piece of Dogon metalwork was probably made to be sold.
This neck ornament has loops on the tops of the heads to attached a line for wear.
These cast figures and objects, despite their small size, express status, prestige and power. These cast metal figures and other objects exhibit the technical skill and artistry that Dogon blacksmiths brought to their work. Made by the complex traditional lost-wax process, these are all small enough to be cast solid. The Dogon used metal for their most important ritual objects as well as everyday objects, farming implements and weapons.
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