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Dogon Couple Clay Fetish Figure Mali Africa

Regular Price: $1,500.00

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Title Dogon Couple Clay Fetish Figure Mali Africa
Type of Object Clay shrine Serpent Figure
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Clay
Approximate Age Early 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 9.5 Inches
Width: 6.5 Inches
Depth: 6 Inches
Overall Condition Good to Fair.  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 Shallow cracks

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.