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Dogon Man and Child Statue Mali African Art 39 Inch

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Title Dogon Man and Child Statue Mali African Art 39 Inch
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 39 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 10 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair several cracks, one repaired in right arm. some glue residue. some bore holes suggest arrested bug damage

Additional Information: A standing male figure with his hands on the shoulders of a child in front of him.  The tall man displays the angular beard and narrow nose consistent with known Dogon statuary.  While the carving appears to be leaning forward, the carved base makes the figures quite stable.  

The oral tradition of the Dogon tells us that they originated on the west bank of the Niger River about 1000 years ago. They moved west at some point, into parts of what is now Mossi territory in Burkina Faso, but chose to return east due to pressure to assimilate into the Mossi Kingdom. This time, around 1500, they found a place almost unreachable by invaders on horseback, the arid but imposing Bandiagara Cliffs. Here most of the Dogon have remained to this day, as one of Africa's most spiritual people. Dogon family dwellings, as well as their shrines and granaries, are constructed in a uniquely haunting way, leaving even the most jaded observer spellbound, in what can only be described as a magic kingdom. The Dogon have also taken the time-honored worship of ancestors to new heights, and their huge pantheon of statues and colorful masks reflect this. It is possible today for tourists and scholars to arrange masked dances for public view, but these dances are for entertainment only, and few of the mask-forms are actually revealed. Ritually meaningful dances are not shared with the public. There has been much written on the Dogon, for good reason, and one can find information and pictures in most texts. Also, the important PBS series "Africa" did a beautiful segment on the Dogon and Fulani. Heartbreakingly beautiful....For more information on the Dogon, see Laude's AFRICAN ART OF THE DOGON.

For more information on the Dogon, and wonderful examples, see L'ART DU PAYS DOGON DANS LES COLLECTIONS DU MUSEE DE L"HOMME.