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
- Place Made: Central southern Bandiagara escarpment, Mopti Region, Mali
- 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
- 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
- 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%)