Photographs © Tim Hamill
51" high x 8.5" wide x 9.25" deep
In spite of its appearance we believe this impressive, large figure was made for the collecting market.
Weathered cracks, now stable, cover the entire figure. The arm bands of cowries have both been damaged at the back (see detail).
Usually representing spirits, ancestors or the primordial couple, figures such as these were placed in shrines and treated with great respect. Through a wide range of style, scale, belief and function the figures depicted share a timeless, serene quality necessary to the continuity of Dogon society.
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