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Sculpture

Object Number:
29-12-97
Current Location:
Imagine Africa
Culture:
Dogon
Provenience:
Mali
Section:
African
Materials:
Wood
Iron
Iconography:
Woman
Child
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.
Height:
57.8cm
Length:
12.7cm
Width:
13.1cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from J. Laporte

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

[Book] Willett, Frank. 1971. African Art. 288. : Page/Fig./Plate: 196
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[Catalogue] Plass, Margaret. 1957. African Negro Sculpture: A Walk Through the Gallery. : Page/Fig./Plate: 12
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[Catalogue] Plass, Margaret B. 1956. African Tribal Sculpture. : Page/Fig./Plate: 15
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[Article] Richardson, John A. 1977. Speculations on Dogon Iconography. African Arts. 11 (1)
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