18th / 19th Century or earlier
Previous Collection: Jacques Kerchache, Paris
This ancient Dogon sculpture is among the very best I have handled. While
many old Dogon figures show great age, they seem to lack character and expression.
This example on the other hand does not only possess great age, but fantastic
expression. The face is magnificent and classic while the arms proudly reach
up to the heavens with great sincerity. Photos alone can’t capture
the depth of the patina, it has to be seen in person to be appreciated.
The Dogon apply layers of millet and other sacrificial material to their
objects to “bring them back to the earth”; or become one with
the earth again, as in the beginning. This object truly epitomizes the very
best of early Dogon sculpture.
This figure stands 13" tall.
SOLD / 5-14-12