'Prisoners of Sirius. Journey to the Dogon Country': Moscow State Museum of Oriental Art to host a new exhibition

May 23

On 23 May, Moscow State Museum of Oriental Art opens 'Prisoners of Sirius. Journey to the Dogon Country' exhibition. It will include about 50 exhibits from the Museum's holdings and private collections: wooden and metal sculptures, amulets and head masks. Some of the items are fetishes previously used for rituals, to protect a house or attract good luck and prosperity.

The art of the Dogon, people of Tropical Africa (the area to the south of the Sahara), became known in Europe thanks to Marcel Griaule, a French scientist and ethnographer. He wrote the book 'God of Water. Conversations with Ogotemmêli', presenting the Dogon as holders of sacred knowledge about the star system of Sirius. It is a myth the exhibition authors seek to destroy at the Museum of Oriental Art, showing the true art of African people.

The items displayed were purchased in January 2019 during the Russian Research Expedition of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The exhibition will run until 12 June. The Museum is open on Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 pm till 09:00 pm, on Tuesday and Friday to Sunday 11:00 am till 08:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Monday.

Source: mos.ru

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