Lot: 158

98th Auction

Hermaphrodite figure

Mali, Dogon

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
American Private Collection (before 1970)
Dorotheum, Vienna, 4 October 2021, Lot 19
H: 15.4 inch 4000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

Wood, encrusted patina in some places, base

This beautiful hermaphrodite figure is carved in clear cubist forms.

On the front, the surface is very much marked by weathering in exposed areas, which adds to the expressive effect of the figure. The back must have been protected from the weather, there are linear engravings on the back of the head that once represented hairstyle or headgear.