West Africa, Mali, Dogon peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. An enigmatic, hand-carved wooden figure of a woman, standing nude atop an integral conical base, with a slanted posture and angled abdomen. Her pendulant, triangular breasts are the central feature comprising her chest, with right-angle shoulders and an elongated tubular neck. Her abstruse head exhibits a slender facial profile with drilled eyes, dainty lips, protruding triangular ears detailed with incised diagonal motifs, and a bifurcated coiffure arching atop her narrow skull. The Dogon are well-known for their masks and wooden figurative art. A figure like this example may represent an ancestor, whose worship is a major component of Dogon religion. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 19.5" H (49.5 cm); 19.75" H (50.2 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Eason Eige collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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Age-commensurate surface wear, stable hairline fissures on base, chest, body, and head, some fading to high-point coloration, and light discoloration, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits throughout.