About this object

Most Dogon sculptural figures in museums were made and consecrated for specific shrines at which particular ancestors are asked for help in cases of illness, infertility or drought. Their gestures may represent those of penitent and praying people.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Figure
  • Culture
    Dogon
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date made
    1965 before
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Sotheby & Co., 1965
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    1965 before
  • Measurements
    570 mm x 130 mm; 22 7/16 in x 5 1/8 in
  • Note
    Stockbook: Dogon male figure Lot 111. Sotheby and Co. 34-35 New Bond Street, London W.1. Per P. Goldman. Purchased in 1965 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund.
Object view = Humanities
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