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Ring

Accession Number
1986/2.148

Title
Ring

Artist(s)

Object Creation Date
circa 1925-1940

Medium & Support
brass

Dimensions
1 5/8 in x 1 in x 3/8 in (4.13 cm x 2.54 cm x 0.95 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Milford Golden

Subject matter
This brass ring may have been created by the Dogon peoples of Mali. While it is called a ring, this object also could have been worn as a pendant. The two conical forms on the ring are thought to represent antelope (walu) horns, as seen on Dogon masks, or the granaries constructed in many Dogon villages. 

References Cited: 
Cutsem, Anne van. 2000. A World of Rings: Africa, Asia, America. Milano: Skira. 
Lamp, Frederick  J., A.M. Maples and L.M. Smalligan. 2012. Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Physical Description
Ring with two conical projections, decorated with concentric horizontal grooves and a large loop.

Primary Object Classification
Jewelry

Primary Object Type
ring

Collection Area
African

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
fertility
granaries
personal accessories
rings
women (female humans)

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