Male 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:

Possibly 18th century

Artist:

Dogon
Bandiagara region, Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

Made for a large altar honoring ancestors, this figure’s crusty surface resulted from repeated ritual applications of sacrificial materials including animal blood, millet porridge, plant juice, and oil, infusing it with a vital energy. Its braided hairstyle, thin beard, amulet-pendant, and ritual staff (on his left shoulder) suggest that this figure portrays a high-ranking man. The extremely dry environment of the cave where it was stored helped to preserve it.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Dogon

Title

Male Figure

Origin

Mali

Date

1701–1800

Medium

Wood and sacrificial material

Dimensions

98.5 x 15.5 x 13.9 cm (39 1/4 x 6 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Janie Brill Memorial Fund; Major Acquisitions Centennial Endowment

Reference Number

1996.41

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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