University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-12-97
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Dogon
Provenience: Mali
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Iron
Iconography:Woman
Child
Height: 57.8 cm
Length: 12.7 cm
Width: 13.1 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from J. Laporte, 1929

Description

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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Evocative Images: African Sculpture from the University Museum (Traveling version of "African Sculpture from the University Museum") ( Sep 1988 - Apr 1990) View Objects in Exhibition
African Sculpture from the University Museum (22 Nov 1986 - 08 Feb 1987) View Objects in Exhibition
Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum (18 Sep 2011) View Objects in Exhibition
African Negro Sculpture (1957 - 1957) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Willett, Frank. 1971. African Art.. Thames and Hudson, Inc. pg. 288 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 196View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Plass, Margaret, and Coon, Carleton S. Dec 1957. "African Negro Sculpture: A Walk Through the Gallery". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 21. no. 4. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 12View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Plass, Margaret B. 1956. African Tribal Sculpture.. University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 15View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Richardson, John A. Oct 1977. "Speculations on Dogon Iconography". African Arts. Vol. 11. no. 1. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Wingert, Paul S. 1948. African Negro Sculpture.. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, M.H. De Young Memorial Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 31View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Wingert, Paul S. 1948. African Negro Sculpture.. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, M.H. De Young Memorial Museum. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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