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Dogon Ancestor Figure Nommo on Stand Mali Africa Miniature

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Title Dogon Ancestor Figure Nommo on Stand Mali Africa Miniature
Type of Object Carved sculpture
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions 11.25 inches H. x 2.75 inches W.
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 cracks in head, shoulder, torso, back and base, traces of pigment

Additional Information: A wonderful Dogon standing  figure with a labret extending the mouth. The figure is carrying a quiver on its back. The surface shows traces of extensive worn and good age. This is a representation of a hunter ancestor nommo . Such figures were placed  in ancestor shrine to honor the ancestors and ask for blessing, ensure fertility and good will,  and to chase away malevolent forces.

Dogon art is not a single fixed style as has been often characterized in discussions of their sculpture, for the age of Dogon art extends to the past as early as the 12th century and continues to be created in the present with a number of sub-styles measured against the core of an identifiable Dogon art and style. The Dogon interchange stylistic elements with neighboring groups producing an interesting hybridism in some of their interesting sub-styles. This sculpture reflects an influence that neighboring groups can have on the well defined core of Dogon sculpture. West of the Dogon heartland the Dogon interact with the other major art producing people of Mali, the Bamana (Bambara). These figures show the influence of the Mande speaking Bamana (the Dogon are Gur language speakers – different language, different cultures!) in sculptural attributes well defined. These include a squared body, keel shaped head and ‘U’- shaped ears. A Bamana blacksmith could easily have carved the figure. If truly a Dogon figure it represented an ancestor identified to an individual, family, village or region. If an ancestor it represents either a familial ancestor or one of the original eight Nommo who descended to earth to create us, the world and continue to be interested in the affairs of man.