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Dogon Tellem statue (N° 20091)
Ex-collection African art French.
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This sculpture of African tribal art rough form, made of wood, from which the elements of a couple stand out, was arranged on the family altar Tiré Kabou. The African tribal statues of the Dogon can also be the object of worship by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on ancestor altars and participate in various rituals including those of the seed and harvest periods. Their functions, however, remain little known.
Influenced stylistically by the Tellem (or "those who were before" in the Dogon language) whom they replaced in the Bandiagara region from the 15th century, the Dogon adopted a similar vertical position in their statuary.
Inheritors of the works such asm abandoned in the region, they adopted some of them that they resacralized in order to use them in their own rites.
The figures with raised arms always symbolized a prayer to Amma for the granting of the rain essential to all life, and it could also be a gesture of contrition following the violation of a ritual law that had led to a drought.
Antique matt and grainy patina, this work was acquired by Mr. Lefevre in 1959 on the Bandiagara cliff.
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