Dogon Of Mali People Maternity Sculpture .
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Dogon Of Mali People Maternity Sculpture . :
Beautiful hand carved wood Dogon maternity figure . It is very large standing at 20.5" tall . Aside from from age related stress cracks in the wood it is good condition . The bottom is not totally flat so may wobble a bit . Adding some tape or felt to even it out would correct the issue .
The Dogon people of Mali commonly used shrine figures . They were often the objects of petitions or prayers for fertility or successful birth . The prevelance of maternity themes in their sculptures testifies to the importance of women and children in their community .Maternity carvings depict ideals of beauty , fertility , character and action and signify much more , whether primordial mother or legendary founding ancestor .This particular sculpture is especially interesting since it depicts a smaller figure below the seat . It most likely represents the supportive role ancestors play in the lives of the living . This is from a family estate inheritance and dates to at least 1950 . It could be earlier since we are not sure if it was an antique already when it was purchased in 1950 .