Dogon (Dogo, Habbé, Kado, Kibisi, Tombo), Mali & Burkina
male figure. The 250,000 Dogon settled in the bend of the Niger River on a
plateau surrounded by the 200-kilometers-long Bandiagara cliffs, which overhang a plain.
At first hunters, they now cultivate their staple diet millet, and also sorghum, and wheat on the cliff tops, which they
have had to convert due to the scarcity of water sources. Encompassing several totemic
clans, the Dogon village is under the authority of a council of elders. Most
Dogon sculpture is created by blacksmiths, who work in wood as well as metal. The kneeling
figure (male or female) is a motif often found among Dogon figurative sculpture and may be
representative of a long history of trade in ideas and subjects among the varied
inhabitants of the region reaching from Mopti and Djenne to the Bandiagara escarpment.
This item is a good example of such a kneeling figure.
Size: H. 18, W. 5, D.