This is an authentic museum quality Dogon stool from the rich cosmic traditions of the Dogon people of the Bandiagara cliffs in Mali. According to Dogon folklore, the Dogon stool was not a functional object. Rather, it represented the power and authority of the Dogon leader, the “Hogan”. This leader is revered as a direct descendant of the original Dogon ancestors.
Dogon stools were constructed to have an upper and a lower disc. The upper disc represents the sky and Sirius star (Dogon home world) and has a solar pattern carved on its flat section while the lower disc represents Earth. Along the sides of both the upper and lower discs, zig-zag patterns are inscribed to represent the elements of water and light.
There are four sets of sculptured caryatid couples at four cardinal points holding up the upper disc. These caryatid couples represent the fabled descent of the founding Dogon ancestors from the Sirius star to earth.
Approximately 11 in wide x 12 in high – weight 6.2 lbs