Dogon, Mali
19th Century
Provenance: Old French Collection

Dogon figurative sculpture primarily deals with spirit worship and fertility of the land and people. The majority, feature a single standing figure, such as this example. This figure, a female, is carved in a naturalist stance, standing with long arms, slightly bent knees, and defined buttocks and belly. Indications of a coiffure are still visible on the figure’s head. The thick encrusted patina, built up by a combination of years of ritual libation use and the hot arid Malian climate, gives the figure a powerful weathered appearance. An original iron ring is present just above the figure’s base, suggesting this figure’s ritual importance.

Height: 13.5 inches
IN 10-9-16 / SOLD


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