About this object

Most Dogon sculpture appears to have been made for shrines. This seated figure probably depicts a hogon, or priest of the important Lebe cult. It may have been made for a shrine devoted to Lebe, the divinity responsible for agricultural fertility. This piece was purchased from Charles Ratton in 1967. It was already in Ratton’s collection by 1960 when it was published in the influential book on African art and artists by the German ethnographer Hans Himmelheber.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Dogon
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date made
    1967 before
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Charles Ratton, 1967
  • Collector
    Charles Ratton
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date collected
    1960 before
  • Measurements
    645 mm x 186 mm x 200 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: Carved Figure (Dogon). Purchased from Charles Ratton, 14 Rue de Marignan, Paris 8e. Gallery, in 1967 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund. Label: Most Dogon sculpture appears to have been made for shrines. This seated figure probably depicts a hogon, or priest of the important Lebe cult. It may have been made for a shrine devoted to Lebe, the divinity responsible for agricultural fertility.
  • Related people
    Charles Ratton ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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