Dogon, Mali
18-19th century
Provenance: Ladislas Segy, one of the early dealers in African Art in New York. Acquired in 1958.
Treated with the up most respect, small Dogon sculptures usually represent spirits or ancestors and are kept in shrines. They vary heavily in style and function. This example is depicted in a crouched position, sitting on its heals with hands neatly place on top of the knees. The face exhibits a strong humanistic quality, although its features are heavily worn. The figures leans slightly to its left, suggesting tranquility, a valued quality in Dogon society. The figure is heavily worn with age, giving it a beautiful patina.
H: 12.5 in
IN 03-6-15/ SOLD