Djenne Jar - African art



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Djenne Jar (N° 8776)

Ex private French collection of African art.

This is a jar of Djenne inspiration, this culture being extinct there are several centuries. It has an enlarged base that allows it to maintain its balance. The summit is pierced with a circular cavity. It is covered with a bright orange-red patina. Since the old Djenne sites are all in a flood zone, the inhabitants have always found pieces of terracotta that emerge when the water recedes. Objects from archaeological research or simply discovered by chance would come from a culture that developed from the eighth to the eighteenth century. The strong fragmentation of terracotta is still subject to debate. Indeed, the damage of time and burial certainly played a role but it would also seem that these pagan art objects were victims of systematic brutal destruction. It appears, however, that the Islamization of West Africa was very superficial and therefore could not prevent animist cults. The terracotta djenne are probably the most famous terracotta pieces of African art, so they still continue today to inspire artists.  

 


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OriginEx collection française
EthnyDjenne
Countrymali
Material(s)terracotta
Height cm35
Width35 cm
Weight7.70 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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