Dogon kneeling figure (Three quarters view)
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Item : Dogon kneeling figure, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 12 Kbytes)


This very ancient figure depicting a knelt figure is particularly fine and delicate. The blunted face, as well as the elongated bust without arm, reinforces its fragile appearance.

The knelt posture is a theme commonly spread in Dogon art, and reserved for the guardian ancestors' cult (narin). This posture refers to the Dogon women who assume this pose at funerals, as a sign of their gratitude to the deceased. Placed on the ancestors' altar (vageu), the aim of this statuette could be to preserve the gesture and the feeling it embodies.
17th century or earlier.

Origin : Jean-Michel Huguenin, Paris, 1994

Object #2230

Origin :

Mali (Sangha area)

Type :

Statuary

Ethnic group :

Dogon

Material :

Wood, very deep sacrificial patina

Size :

H = 10.2 inches

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