Dogon ancestors figures (Front view)
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Item : Dogon ancestors figures, Picture : Front view (approx. 25 Kbytes)


These very ancient figures depict a couple of ancestors. The blunted faces, as well as the elongated busts without legs, reinforce their fragile appearance. They were placed on the ancestors' altar (vageu), to preserve and release the vital force of the deceased (nyama).
The surface patina is composed of accumulated layers of additive materials, suggesting these objects are of a certain age and have been used in sacrifices.
19th century or earlier.

Dimensions : 16 and 14. 95 inches.

Object #5168

Origin :

Mali

Type :

Statuary

Ethnic group :

Dogon

Material :

Wood, very encrusted grayish sacrificial patina

Size :

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