Arts of Africa
On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
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.
Diospyros wood, organic material
early 17th century (probably)
15 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 3 in. (40.0 x 7.3 x 7.8 cm) (show scale)
The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection
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Dogon. Female Figure, early 17th century (probably). Diospyros wood, organic material, 15 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 3 in. (40.0 x 7.3 x 7.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection, 1989.51.45. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1989.51.45_PS1.jpg)
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Male figure. Head with pronounced sagittal crest, four incised hair locks, either side of ears, extending to shoulders. Facial features slightly defined; round eyes, arrow shaped nose, pointed chin or beard. Bulbous, pointed breasts, possibly exaggerated shoulders. Arms extend straight down from shoulders, hands placed at each side of men's genitals; pointed prtruding navel. Rounded protruding buttocks with thick cylindrical legs ending in blocky feet. CONDITION: Crack on right side of head, left wrist, buttocks.
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