About this object

This female shrine figure may have been made to represent a penitent or praying person with a bowl of offerings on her head. Such figures were consecrated for specific shrines at which ancestors are asked for help in cases of illness, infertility or drought.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date made
    1965 before
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Sotheby and Co., 1965.
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    1965 before
  • Measurements
    370 mm x 77 mm x 70 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: Lot 112. [Sotheby and Co. 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1 (per P. Goldman as Agent)]. Purchased in 1965 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund.
Object view = Humanities
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