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Dogon Terracotta Snake Djenne area Style Mali African

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Product #: 115294
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Title Dogon Terracotta Snake Djenne area Style Mali African
Type of Object figure, miniature
Country of Origin Mali, Upper Niger Delta (Region of Mopti or Djenne)
People Dogon
Materials Terracotta/clay
Approximate Age unknown
Dimensions Height: 3.5 Inches
Width: 4.5 Inches
Depth: 4 Inches
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.


Additional Information: An interesting clay figure in the form of a  serpent resting. This figure is attributed to the Dogon from Mali.  The snake/serpent  is a prominent theme in west African art. This motif is found in  the area along the Niger river and among the Dogon.
Dogon art and imagery of masks and the rock shelter paintings and especially their doors are usually decorated with snake motifs.  Some Dogon assert that the snakes on doors represent their ancestors because of the fact that they shed their skin each year and are thus 'reborn'.  Their curved traces and representation on doors and the long 'squiggly' lines along the sides of some Dogon masks make reference to the idea of water/river. One may also notice on the 'Djenne - Mopti' terracotta  whole snakes very similar to this one and snakes coiled with their head resting on eggs.