DOGON STYLE MATERNITY FIGURES, Mali

Despite their appearance these Dogon maternity figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.


DOGON STYLE
Maternity 14
18" high
$500

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

DOGON STYLE, MATERNITY FIGURES, Mali

Exhibiting a wide diversity in size, symbolism, intimacy and style, African maternity figures depict the ideals of beauty, fertility, character and action. Many signify much more, whether the primordial mother or a legendary founding ancestor. Commonly used as shrine figures, they were often objects of petitions or prayers for fertility and successful births. The prevelance of the maternity theme testifies to the importance of women and children to the continuity of each people.

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