Lot: 144

97th Auction

Standing female figure

Mali, Dogon

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Christoph Krüger, Germany (coll. in the 1970s in the area around the village of Kanicombole, Mali) H: 9.6 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, heavily encrusted sacrificial patina, rest.

Sculptures of the Dogon, called "dege", were placed on many different kinds of altars, most of which were dedicated to ancestors, either real or mythical.

The figures served as intermediaries between people and a variety of spiritual beings, including gods and ancestors. They were sacrificed with a wide variety of materials to achieve the desired ends.

Ezra, Kate, Art of the Dogon, New York 1988, p. 21