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    Dogon rock paintings on the great vault, Songo village, Mali, [slide]
     
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    Creator: 
    Elisofon, Eliot photographer.
    Title: 
    Dogon rock paintings on the great vault, Songo village, Mali, [slide]
    Contained in: 
    Eliot Elisofon Field photographs, 1942-1972
    Phy. Description: 
    slide : col.
    Digital Reference: 
    Image
    Produced: 
    1972
    Summary: 
    "Two large paintings have been made on the rocks which overhang the great vault. The first one is red and white and is called "trace of the sacrificed Nommo's blood" (nommo semi illi bummo). The second one is called " drawing of the stopping (place) of the resurrected Nommo" (nommo bulo inu toy). The drawings on the great vault (about 30m. long and 2m. high) are called ogodine tonu, "tonu of the chameleon." For all initiates these pictures, which are sometimes trichromatic, represent Amma's 266 signs. The two large paintings will be refreshed at the time of the Sigui; those of the vault likewise when the circumcision is performed." [Griaule M. and Dieteren G., 1986: The Pale Fox. Continuum Foundation]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for National Geographic and traveled to Africa from January 19, 1972 to mid April 1972.
    Organization: 
    Image indexed by negative number.
    General Note: 
    Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
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    Permission to reproduce images from Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. For information on photo services and research appointments, please visit <http://africa.si.edu/research/archives.html> or contact Archives staff at elisofonarchives@si.edu <mailto:elisofonarchives@si.edu>.
    Culture: 
    Dogon (African people)
    Subject-Topical: 
    Works of art in situ
    Rites and ceremonies -- Africa
    Rock paintings
    Cultural landscapes
    Signs and symbols
    Animals in art
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Africa
    Mali
    Form / Genre: 
    Color slides
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, 950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560-0708
    Local Number: 
    EEPA EECL 7533
    I 1 DGN 3.6 EE 72
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