About this object

This apparently ancient figure, covered in sacrificial matter, is tentatively attributed to the Tellem, who are thought to have occupied the rocky Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. The upraised arms of the figure may represent a gesture of penitence or prayer.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Tellem
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date made
    1400 - 1500 possibly
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Gallerie Felius, 1968.
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date collected
    1968 before
  • Measurements
    387 mm x 56 mm x 94 mm
Object view = Humanities
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