Female Figure

A work made of wood and sacrificial material.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood and sacrificial material.

Date:

11th/19th century

Artist:

Tellem or Dogon
Bandiagara region, Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

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.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Tellem

Title

Female Figure

Origin

Mali

Date

1001–1900

Medium

Wood and sacrificial material

Dimensions

49.2 × 6.7 × 6.9 cm (19 5/8 × 2 5/8 × 2 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Grace Hokin

Reference Number

1991.388

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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