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Dogon Figure on Stool Daro Bell and Penis Mali Africa 56 Inch

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Title Dogon Figure on Stool Daro Bell and Penis Mali Africa 56 Inch
Type of Object Shrine piece
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials wood
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions 56 inches H. x 13 inches W
Overall Condition Poor.  Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. 
Damage/Repair wear, surface eroded, chips, age cracks over the sculpture, large cracks in head, face, neck, body, backs base,old insect damage arrested, stains,

Additional Information: This wonderful figure comes from the Dogon of Mali.  Teague  figure is shown sitting on a four-legged figural stool. In one hand, this figure holds what could be a  ritual bell,  called daro , beaten at sunrise "to induce people to to say their prayers and to beat the rhythm for the incantations to the spirits". (see a close similar example in, Helene Leloup. Dogon Statuary, Daniel Amez Publisher, 1994, fig. 128 .  He is holding his penis in the other hand. His legs are an integral part of the stool. 

The figure has  a well-defined coiffure and beard . The large  beard put forth the ideas of sustenance and maturity.  Lifting his sex could be interpreted as symbol of fertility, This figure represents a Binu priest , known as the intermediary between men and the clan ancestors

Known for their art as well as their remarkable villages along the heights of the Bandiagara escarpment Dogon art remains today some of the best known and collected African art.  This figure is a prime example of classic Dogon sculpture that represents a tradition of carving rarely surpassed for longevity or imagination for Dogon art extends to the past as early as the 12th century and continues to be created in the present. 


 Recommended Reading:

Griaule, M. “Les Symboles des arts africains”. 1951

Guggenheim, H. “Dogon Art”.  1974

Helene Leloup. Dogon Statuary, Daniel Amez Publisher, 1994

Roy, C.  “The Dogon of Mali and Upper Volta”.  1983.

 I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.