Dogon votive figure (Front view)
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Item : Dogon votive figure, Picture : Front view (approx. 19 Kbytes)


This statuette depicts a male figure, the arms in offering position. The face and the legs are shaped in a specific style of Dogon located in the Seno plain.

The sacrificial patina which covers this sculpture is characteristic of the objects used on the personal altar reserved for healing rituals (jabe). This sacrificial material is in fact the support of the vital force called nyama and being in all things (animals, plants, minerals, as well as in the supernatural beings or the Men). The sacrifice (bulu) is offered to vivify and resuscitate nyama, and this in the positive and beneficial intention of this ritual.
19th century or earlier.

Object #2326

Origin :

Mali (Bereli area)

Type :

Statuary

Ethnic group :

Dogon

Material :

Wood, very old black sweating patina, sacrificial materials

Size :

H = 9.9 inches

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