From one of the oldest tribal entities on the continent, Tellem forebears of the Dogon date back many centuries. This exceptionally large and fine ancestral warrior is anvil and hammer wrought, worked and hammered from one chunk of iron, mined in the area just south of the Sahara. Its base, barbed spear, loincloth and neck adornment are crafted separately and attached. Usually found covered in burial caves, I'd guess this impressive work dates from the 18th century, however, it could be quite earlier..Inscribed designs are chiseled all over atop the base, the surface untouched, great patina and all in fine condition. 18 1/2" tall x 6 1/2" across its base. From a notable private collection and likely pictured in one or another of their books or museum exhibitions, that info can be available to a buyer. No reserve.