DOGON "TELLEM" FIGURES, MALI

 DOGON
"Tellem" 1
35" high
$500

 DOGON
"Tellem" 3
35.5" high
$400

 DOGON
"Tellem" 4
24" high
$700

 DOGON
"Tellem" 6
22" high
$500

 

  DOGON
"Tellem" 7
27" high
$400

 DOGON
"Tellem" 8
26" high
$500

 DOGON
"Tellem" 9
21" high
$300

 DOGON
"Tellem" 10
19" high
$200

 DOGON
"Tellem" 11
26.5" high
$300

 DOGON
"Tellem" 11
8.5" high
$150

Photographs © Tim Hamill

DOGON, "TELLEM" FIGURES, Mali

Despite their appearance, these figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

Usually representing spirits, ancestors or the primordial couple, figures such as these were placed in shrines and treated with great respect. These figures are not Tellem (the people living in this area before the Dogon) but show the old gesture of upraised arms or "Tellem style."

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