DOGON MEDICINAL BOX – CCO407
Materials: wood and metal
Dimensions: cm 56 x cm 9 x cm 7
Country of origin: Mali
Medicine box of the Dogon tribe of Mali beautifully carved from a single piece of wood, with an anthropomorphic shape topped by a head with four faces that can see in all directions for protection purposes. The cabinet has two flaps on the front, which open in opposite directions, supported by small metal brackets, human figures carved in relief on both sides and on the back a crocodile, a recurring symbol in Dogon mythology.
Curious Note : the function of this Dogon box was to preserve some medicinal preparations made according to the indications of the elders of the tribe who had been initiated into the “jiridon”, the science of trees.