Dogon pendants depicting a human figure are extremely rare. This one,
whose legs are bent and slightly apart, raises one arm to cover its
face, the other lies on the knee. The mouth is half-opened.
This object would be attributed to the Tellem or the Soninke. It
could be from the Inland Niger Delta region or the Guimbala, the
western Bandiagara cliffs area. The figure's gesture could be
referred to gestures of Dogon ritual life, like people hiding their
face in their hands at funerals.
This representation is carried out with great care, drawing attention
to the distress, through the sensitivity of the features and the
sensuality of the forms. This sculpture is undoubtedly one of the
most moving in our exhibition.
11th / 15th century.
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