Dogon ancestors figures (Three quarters view)
Three quarters viewTellem settlement in TireliMaps

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Item : Dogon ancestors figures, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 18 Kbytes)

These small figurines, probably a couple of ancestors, are represented hands clasped in front of the lower abdomen. The human form is reduced to its essential significance. The rounded faces, the cubist processing and the shaped legs are in a specific style of Dogon located in the Bandiagara cliffs villages. The surface patina is composed of a thick encrustation of sacrificial material.

These statuettes were probably used on the ancestors' altar or in the binu sanctuary. This couple was acting as support of the vital force called nyama. It comes from the deserted old village of Tireli (see picture).
Probably 14th / 16th century.

8. 11 inches and 5. 7 inches

Object #2980

Origin :

Mali (Tireli village)

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Crusty patinated wood

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