DOGON METAL MATERNITY FIGURE, MALI

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

DOGON, METAL MATERNITY FIGURE, 11.25", $600, SOLD, Mali

These cast metal figures express status, prestige and power. They would bring honor to the ancestors, the current leadership and the owner of the sculpture.

Exhibiting a wide diversity in size, symbolism, intimacy and style., African maternity figures depict the ideals of beauty, fertility, character and action and many signify much more, whether the primordial mother or a legendary founding ancestor. Commonly used as shrine figures, they were often objects of petitions or prayers for fertility and successful births. The prevelance of the maternity theme testifies to the importance of women and children to the continuity of each people.

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