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Dogon Standing Figure Nommo Mali African Art

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Title Dogon Standing Figure Nommo Mali Africa
Type of Object figure, Carving
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials wood. pigment
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions 11.5 inches H. x 2.25 inches W.
Overall Condition Fair to Good
Damage/Repair worn patina, cracks and chips throughout


Additional Information:  Known for their art as well as where they live along the heights of the Bandiagara escarpment Dogon art remains today some of the best known and collected African art. This female 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. The figure stands with legs slightly bowed on a rounded base with her arms along her sides carved so that they hang free with her hands on her abdomen. The herniated naval is a commonly illness seen on both men and women in the region. Her exaggerated thighs and buttocks create a parallel to the shape of the breasts and shoulders extending out of the back.  The figure may represent an ancestor or equally a Nummo, one of the eight primordial figures created by God. She may have been placed on a family altar or kept in the village priest s shrine where she would have offerings made upon her to infuse her with life force to assist humans on earth and to intercede with the deities. The offerings made over time have eroded and roughened the surface giving it an ageless presence. This is a classic Dogon sculpture and would be a prime piece in a collection as it reflects all the creativity and sculptural imagination of the Dogon sculptor who was the local blacksmith.Griaule, M. Les Symboles des arts africanins . 1951Guggenheim, H. Dogon Art . 1974; Roy, C. The Dogon of Mali and Upper Volta. 1983.