Lot: 20287th Tribal Art Auction
Torso of a female figure
Mali, Dogon, Nduleri
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Marcel Florkin (1900-1979), Liège, Belgium||H: 15.4 inch||
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, dark brown, oily patina in parts, fragmentary, abrasion of paint, base; present figure most likely belonged to a female society and was used for the education of young girls. Such figures were displayed on funerals and presumably on certain fertility and rain-making rituals as well. They were called "so-ma-so" ("listen to me"), a sentence effective for education and for prayers for fertility as well.