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Jarre Djenne (N° 23484)

A beautiful orange engobe coats this terracotta container, the only decoration of which lies in the parallel streaks soberly emphasizing the neck, highlighting the curve of the lower part. The edges, of a certain thickness, are slightly damaged.
As the old Djenne sites are all in a flood zone, artifacts emerge when the waters recede, the inhabitants sometimes discovering them by chance.
In the Mali Empire, terracotta sculptures with red engobe had a funerary connotation. The strong fragmentation of terracottas is still subject to debate. Indeed, the damage of time and burial certainly played a role, but it would also seem that these pagan works of art 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.

 

 


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Originex-collection française
EthnyDjenne
Countrymali
Material(s)terracotta
Height cm26
Width17 cm
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated datingnon testée
Socle includedYes

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