About this artwork
Raised arms, pared-down forms, and crusty patinas are considered the hallmarks of the Tellem sculptural style. This figure’s pose has been interpreted as a plea for rain. Placed on an altar, it would have received offerings of sacrifices, resulting in the thick coating that imbued it with a vital energy. The Tellem, who occupied the arid region of the Bandiagara Escarpment from the 11th to the 16th century, are believed to be predecessors of contemporary Dogon people.
- Female Figure
- Mali (Object made in)
- Wood and sacrificial material
- 49.2 × 6.7 × 6.9 cm (19 5/8 × 2 5/8 × 2 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Grace Hokin