Lot: 202

87th 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 4400 EUR
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.

Leloup, Hélène, Dogon, Paris 2011, p. 352, ill.12