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Altar figure Dogon Tellem (N° 14211)

Dogon African art.
This female effigy with an altier face adopts a ceremonial attitude that contrasts with the presence on its knees of Nommo couple figures, mythical ancestors born of the god Amma, in the form of children. The latter support the sagging chest in a similar attitude, arms raised. Irregular matte surface, eroded, gully wood, cracks and native restorations. The African tribal statues of the Dogon can also be worshipped by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on altars of ancestors and participate in various rituals including those of periods of seeds and harvests. However, their functions remain little known. Stylistically influenced by the Tellem they replaced in the Bandiagara region as early as the 15th century, the Dogons adopted the same vertical position in their statuary. Heirs of works such as abandoned in the region, they adopted some that they resurrected to use in their own rites. The characters with their arms raised would symbolize a prayer to Amma that he would grant the rain essential to all life. According to the sources, it was also an act of contrition following the violation of a law that resulted in a drought. The southern plateau overlooking the Bandiagara cliff has been occupied since the 10th century by the Tellem and Niongom. They were then displaced by the Dogon in the 15th century, who fled the Mandé. The Tellem became the ancestors of the Kurumba of Burkina Faso.
The statuary dogon is not easily distinguished from that of the Tellem and that of the Niongom because reciprocal influences have manifested themselves over the centuries. A recurrence: the characters with arms raised above the head, in the invocation position.  

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OriginRécolté in-situ en 1985
Weight22.40 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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