African art > African Jar > Djenne Jar
The old Djenne sites are all floodplains, the inhabitants have always found heads that outcrop when the water withdraws archaeological research or simply discovered fortuitously 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 djennes are probably the most famous terracotta pieces of African art, so they still continue today to inspire artists.