Medium:Wood, Leather, and Hair
Wooden, ethnic instrument. Gourd-like base with long, curved neck branching from the top. Strings stretch from top of neck to gourd base. Feathers at top.
The Dogon are a group of people (700,000 â€“ 800,000) living in Mali (central plateau), south of the Niger in the Mopti region. Dogon country is one of Maliâ€™s major tourist attracitions and thus as seen significant changes in the social, cultural, and belief system of the Dogon. Dogon art is primarily sculpture and revolves around religious values, ideals, and freedoms. Original Dogon sculptures are not made to be seen publicly, and are commonly hidden within their houses and sanctuaries. The importance of secrecy is due to the symbolic meaning behind the pieces and the process by which they are made.