Double FigureArtist(s)DogonArtist NationalityDogon (culture or style)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & SupportwoodDimensions
27 in x 3 ½ in x 4 in (68.58 cm x 8.89 cm x 10.16 cm)Credit LineGift of Michael and Phyllis CourlanderSubject matter
Dogon sculptures were often created for religious purposes, housed in shrines and placed upon altars to promote the fertility of both land and people. Dogon figure style diverges between tall and slim bodies with oval-shaped heads, and short, heavier figures. The concept of ancestral lineage is crucial in Dogon culture; sculptures are created by blacksmiths - revered in Dogon culture - and are used for ceremonial and initiation purposes.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Museum label for Male Figure With Raised Arms. New York, NY.
Helene Leloup. "Dogon Figure Styles." African Arts 22, no. 1 (1988).
Roslyn Adele Walker. The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.
Two figures, one on the other's shoulders, carved from a single piece of wood. Primary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object TypefigureCollection AreaAfricanRights
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