Ancestor Figure

Tellum/Dogon, Mali
19th Century or Earlier
Previous Collection: Alain Lecomte, Paris

A true artist’s piece; this whimsical and ancient figure from Mali possesses power and serenity at once. The charming expression in the face flows downward into a body that is sculpted in such a way that it appears to be dancing. The patina is deeply encrusted with millet; blood and other mysterious substances, there also appears to have been ceremonial oil libations made to this figure from the dark drippings that can be seen. In excellent condition.

This figure stands 17 inches in height.

SOLD / IN 5-13-09