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Dogon Female Figure Mali African Art

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Title Dogon Female Figure Mali Africa
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions 14.5 inches H. x 3.75 inches W. x 4 inches D.
Overall Condition Good. 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 Small cracks, broken arm, scraped and worn patina; see pictures for details.


Additional Information: A standing female figure made out of dense and heavy wood.  The well worn patina indicates exposure to the elements and substantial use.


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.