From: Mali

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 29-12-97
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Dogon
Provenience Mali
Section African
Materials Wood | Iron
Iconography Woman | Child

Woman seated on stool with child. Colored black. Child appears bent across woman's body, head and feet resting on her arms. Woman's stool is supported by eight figures around central column. "Goddess of nursing"- from a fetishist sanctuary. Cult figure, perhaps the Mother Goddess, represented as a lady of rank seated in state, and wearing characteristic Dogon coiffure, lip-plug, and earrings. The figures supporting her stool are ancestors, who also receive offerings.

Height 57.8 cm
Length 12.7 cm
Width 13.1 cm
Credit Line Purchased from J. Laporte, 1929

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