Friday, April 27, 2012

Female Figure - African Dogon Wood Sculpture, Central northern Bandiagara escarpment, Mopti Region, Mali, Early 17th Century


Figures like this one were placed on ancestral altars as links to a deceased person’s soul. It is likely that this figure represents a Nommo, one of the first created beings, who, according to Dogon mythology, had a combination of male and female traits.

Source: brooklynmuseum.org

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