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Nommo Figure with Raised Arms

Arts of Africa

On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
The Tellem are thought to have occupied the region of the Bandiagara escarpment until the sixteenth century. The human form with raised arms is a common pose for Tellem sculptures and is said to refer to prayers for rain, crucial in this dry region.
CULTURES Dogon; or Tellem
MEDIUM Wood, organic sacrificial materials
  • Place Made: Mopti Region, Mali
  • DATES 11th-15th century (possibly)
    DIMENSIONS 10 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 1 3/4 in. (26.7 x 7.3 x 4.4 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1989.51.39
    CREDIT LINE The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection
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    CAPTION Dogon. Nommo Figure with Raised Arms, 11th-15th century (possibly). Wood, organic sacrificial materials, 10 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 1 3/4 in. (26.7 x 7.3 x 4.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection, 1989.51.39. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 1989.51.39_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Figure with raised arms. Wood base, completely covered with rough, dull grey patina from accretion of sacrificial substances. Facial features indistinct, protruding triangle suggests beard, above long cylindrical neck. Long arms extend over head, bent slightly backwards; two oval shapes on chest indicating breasts. Head and torso continuous; rounded buttocks and short legs, with blackish feet. CONDITION: Part of right foot broken off; slight crack extending from back to buttocks.
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