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Female Figure

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.
CULTURE Dogon
MEDIUM Diospyros wood, organic material
DATES probably early 17th century
DIMENSIONS 15 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 3 in. (40.0 x 7.3 x 7.8 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 1989.51.45
CREDIT LINE The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Dogon. Female Figure, probably early 17th century. 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
IMAGE overall, 1989.51.45_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (87%)
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