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Object Number: 29-12-97
Current Location: Imagine Africa
Currently On Display
Culture:Dogon
Provenience: Mali
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Iron
Iconography:Woman
Child
Height: 57.8cm
Length: 12.7cm
Width: 13.1cm
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:

African Negro Sculpture (1957 - 1957)View Objects in Exhibition
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

Bibliography:

[Book] Willett, Frank. 1971. African Art. 288. : Page/Fig./Plate: 196View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Plass, Margaret. 1957. African Negro Sculpture: A Walk Through the Gallery. : Page/Fig./Plate: 12View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Plass, Margaret B. 1956. African Tribal Sculpture. : Page/Fig./Plate: 15View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Richardson, John A. 1977. Speculations on Dogon Iconography. African Arts. 11 (1)View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Wingert, Paul S. 1948. African Negro Sculpture. : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 31View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Wingert, Paul S. 1948. African Negro Sculpture.View Objects cited in this Publication

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