- Label Text
- Inserted in this iron necklace is a round polished stone referred to as duge. It symbolises the ancestors bones, Amma's egg from which the creator god made the world, and the nommo's vessel that brought the primordial ancestors to earth. The iron links refer to the myth of the creator god Amma using an iron chain to bring a hunter into the heavens to be instructed in the secrets of life, death and venerating the ancestors.
- Necklace comprised of a spherical cream-colored stone bead enclosed within three flared iron links that are joined together on either end and are attached to the loops of a 13-link ironwork chain.
- Mona Gavigan, ca. 1970s to 2012
- Exhibition History
- African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 20-December 9, 2012; Newark Museum, February 26-August 11, 2013; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, August 23-November 30, 2014; Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Atlanta, January 31-June 21, 2015 (exhibited at NMAfA and Carlos Museum)
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Dogon artist
- Early to mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Mona Gavigan in memory of John D. Garner and appreciation of the Dogon peoples
- Iron, stone
- Necklace diam: 32.8 cm (12 15/16 in.) Stone diam: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)